The horrific terrorist assault on Israeli civilians on October 7 by Hamas should be responded to with an all-out warfare in opposition to this ISIS-like group. Terrorists can’t be allowed to proceed ruling the Gaza Strip and holding the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians hostage.
However as we wage a simply warfare, we should adhere to common human and Jewish values. Our combat in opposition to a monster mustn’t end in pointless hurt being accomplished to defenseless individuals. Israel should exhibit to itself and to the world that we behave very in another way from Hamas, which has positioned itself outdoors the bounds of common human norms, but additionally outdoors the bounds of Islamic ethics.
As a result of different international locations are reluctant to just accept and shield Palestinian civilians, we suggest that Israel ought to invite the worldwide neighborhood to ascertain momentary secure havens for them in acceptable places. on the Israeli facet of the border. These secure havens inside Israel would home Gazans – ladies, kids, the aged and hospital evacuees – displaced or threatened by the preventing.
The secure havens could be managed by the United Nations and the Crimson Cross, and funded by the worldwide neighborhood. Protected from the warfare, the individuals sheltering there could be housed in momentary shelters and supplied with meals, water and primary medical care. Israel would shield the refuges from outdoors. After the top of the preventing, the displaced Gazans would return to their houses within the Gaza Strip.
Previously, secure havens have been created by worldwide forces. All Israel must do is allocate uninhabited areas to those refuges and be certain that they (a) are established and financed by the worldwide neighborhood; (b) have been cleared inside an agreed time interval; and (c) protected solely by Israeli forces.
Such secure havens would fulfill Israel’s ethical obligation to guard the lives of Palestinian civilians, whereas serving to the Israeli navy prosecute the warfare by decreasing the variety of civilians trapped within the fight zone, thereby saving the lives of Israeli troopers assist save.
The institution of the secure havens would start as soon as the Crimson Cross features entry to the Israeli hostages held by Hamas and determines their situation.
Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi College of Haifa, Prof Yuval Noah Harari Hebrew College of Jerusalem, Prof. David Harel Weizmann Institute of Science, Prof Benjamin Z Kedar The Hebrew College of Jerusalem, Prof. Benny Morris Ben-Gurion College within the Negev, Prof. Anita Shapira Tel Aviv College