What are IDF soldiers to do when they come across a Hamas terrorist hiding among innocent children? Israeli soldiers are often faced with the difficult moral dilemma of whether or not to fire at a terrorist, and risk harming innocent Palestinians, or to hold their fire, and allow the terrorists to launch a deadly rocket blindly into Israel, possibly killing Israeli children. These are the kinds of impossible decisions Israeli soldiers are forced to make every day.
The IDF makes extraordinary efforts to separate the terrorists from ordinary civilians and, despite the incredible challenges of fighting terrorists who do everything in their power to harm the innocent, they do their utmost to protect the lives of civilians. Without a doubt, Israel has one of the most moral armies in the world.
In the “Documentary Feature” category, two of the five nominated films are about the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The Oscars’ official page describes The Gatekeepers this way:
Six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s counterterrorism agency, speak candidly about their participation in the policies that have shaped the long history of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
And the Oscars’ official page for the much more openly anti-Israel5 Broken Cameras describes the film this way:
As Israeli settlers begin building homes and erecting a barrier wall in the West Bank village of Bil’in, a Palestinian farm worker documents the town’s resistance to the new settlement. Over the course of several years, the townspeople clash with the Israeli Defense Force, and tensions mount as the wall remains and the…202c
It’s not hard to find Nava’s apartment building in the small city of Kiryat Malachi, literally “city of angels.” It has been all over the news since it sustained a direct hit from a terrorist-fired rocket. The building that Nava calls home has had two households shattered within it. Three people were killed on that fateful day, marking the first casualties of Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel’s latest war on terror.
Nava, a young mother of three, is married to a man who dedicates his life to Bible study. Her apartment is on the second floor of her building, making it a safer place than the apartments on the top floor, two levels above her. Like many old and run-down buildings in Israel, Nava’s building does not have the luxury…
Rabbi Eckstein recently visited a number of bomb shelters in southern Israel – the very shelters used by hundreds of Israelis throughout Operation Pillar of Defense. While there, he saw many shelters desperately in need of renovation – an important task 4Zion continues to undertake, thanks to our generous donors.
During the recent crisis in Israel we received this moving perspective on the Tel Aviv bus bombing from 4Zion friend and Tel Aviv resident Florence Broder. Her words are a must-read for anyone looking to get a real understanding of the painful price all Israelis pay when terrorism strikes.
Yesterday a rocket fell in Rishon LeTziyon (First to Zion), a city that is a 20-minute drive from Tel Aviv. I was waiting for a bus in Herzeliya, where my office is located, when it happened. It made me hop on the next bus to my destination. Though no rockets have hit there (thank G-d), I didn’t want to take any chances and remain in an unprotected area.
While on my way, I sent a text message to check on my coworker who lives in Rishon LeTziyon and has three children. She quickly replied they were…