The Corner

Tragedy on the Beach

Distressing videos are being shown of carnage after what appears to have been an Israeli artillery attack on a Gaza beach in which seven civilians were killed.

Apparently, the Israelis missed their intended target: Just 400 yards from the beach, Palestinian militants were firing rockets at Israel.

Is there no one – in Gaza, in Europe, at the UN – who will say that it is at the very least irresponsible to set up a launch site for a missile attack on Israel so close to areas where Palestinian civilians swim, sunbathe and picnic?

Also, note how every story on this emphasizes that Hamas has been “observing a truce.” How is permitting the firing of missiles from territories under its control, not a violation of this “truce”?

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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