Israel has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to create the most cutting-edge GIS-linked text messaging system in the history of technology, all in the interest of protecting Palestinian civilians:
First, Israel clearly has created a sophisticated GIS (geographic information system). A system that records tens of thousands of buildings, their location, and their distance from each other. Then there’s a database with the names of the tens of thousands of families who live in the buildings, and the phone number of each family. The system has the ability to identify all the families and phone numbers that could be affected by an attack on any given building. Finally, given the numbers involved, there must be a system that automatically makes concurrent phone calls to dozens of families, since everybody has to have the same ten-minute warning. Ah, and someone put tens of thousands of piece of information into that database. Such a system costs real money, takes time to set up, and since it is obviously operating close to flawlessly, it was tested, fiddled with, tested, fiddled with, and tested again. The purpose, I remind you, is to save the lives of thousands of Palestinians who happen to have murderous neighbors.
Hamas’s priorities – marginally different:
Hamas, in turn, said it has sent menacing text messages to Israeli mobile phones and jammed radio stations, according to a report over the weekend in the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper. “The messages say that the Palestinian resistance missiles will reach you wherever you are and your government won’t be able to protect you,” Abu Mujaheid, spokesman for the Palestinian Resistance Committees, was quoted as saying. According to Israeli Ynet news dozens of Israelis have received text messages in Hebrew that read: “Rockets on all cities, shelters not protect, Qassam rocket, Hamas.
Is there a chance that the inordinate energy that human rights groups expend on purported Israeli violations is driven by something other than levelheaded evaluation?