President Reuven Rivlin issued a response to the damning UN report on Israel's conduct during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza on Monday night, noting that Israel faces unique moral dilemmas that the global community cannot comprehend.
“Just one year has passed since the Israel Defense Forces were required to stand, as a protective edge, for the people of Israel," he began. "We lost many of our loved ones, and we still await the return of two of our late sons, and we still hope for the recovery of the wounded."
"Also last summer, the IDF proved its strength, ability, and above all, its uniqueness, and the ethical and moral place which it holds."
Rivlin then elaborated on the IDF's innate morality.
"I am proud, as all of Israel should be proud, of the moral strength, and the military abilities of the Israel Defense Forces," he said. "I do not see how anybody could judge us and tarnish our name."
"The moral dilemmas which we face require split-second decisions, when we have a duty and a right to defend the citizens of Israel – women, children, babies – under attack, and when our enemy tramples international law and uses its people as human shields."
"As strong as we are, and as sophisticated as our capabilities are, it is incumbent upon us to ask: When do we use force, how do we use it and for what purpose."
"I have no doubt that the soldiers and officers of the IDF know to ask this question in a timely manner, and to make difficult decisions in real time, without the need for investigations by external bodies. Only one who understands what force is, understands it limits.”