Calling it “another tragic casualty of Hamas’ ideology of terror”, an IDF spokesman today swore revenge for the injuries suffered by Gilad Weinthal, an Israeli sniper hospitalised with stress after sniping a Gazan child through the head.
Weinthal’s injuries are likely to provoke a strong Israeli response. “We will stop at nothing to protect our people from these attacks”, said Shahar Canali. “How many people have to die or miss work before we’re allowed to respond? Operation Protective Edge will end this terror, whether it’s from rocket fire or kids whose faces explode in traumatising ways.”
The Israeli military described Weinthal’s illness as coming “unprovoked and without warning”, in stark contrast to Weinthal’s own necessary defensive fire. Weinthal had shouted “I’M GOING TO SHOOT YOU IN THE HEAD” through a megaphone at Abu Mohammed, 8, giving him over 20 seconds to run before adjusting his sights and shooting him in the head.
The Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip has now hit 500, but this is far outweighed by the almost 600 Israelis who have felt nauseous or scared as a result. “600 is more than 500”, confirmed an unbiased statistician this morning.
Israeli media sources blamed Abu for the collapse of a ceasefire that had begun just ten minutes before, accusing him of blithely ignoring “all those nice leaflets we dropped” about the dangers of continuing to be a person in Gaza, a warning which absolves the IDF of all responsibility.
International bodies have called for calm, calling the conflict “a tit-for-tat struggle in which both sides are equally at fault and share exactly the same amount of blame”.