'Whatever it does, it's going to be perceived as the aggressor': Israel is in a 'difficult position' says this caller

14 October 2023, 17:01

Caller on the challenge Israel faces in dealing with Hamas militants who use civilian areas as cover

By Georgina Greer

Caller Nick questioned those critical of Israel as he asked what they would do in a similar situation.

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"The problem that Israel has got is that Hamas are renowned for hiding in civilian targets," caller Nick told Andrew Castle.

"They do that intentionally because they know that there is going to be damage to their people, which means, long-term, Israel is going to be perceived as taking disproportionate action," he continued.

Israel is therefore in a "difficult position" Nick expanded, as "whatever it does, it is going to be perceived as the aggressor".

He then questioned those who have been critical of Israel's actions, asking what they would do if in Israel's situation.

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Andrew decided to leave that question "hanging", continuing: "If you can look at those images from last week and listen to accounts of what happened..."

"If you can tell me what is proportionate after that, then you know, I'd be quite happy to hear from you."

A ground invasion of Gaza is reportedly imminent following a warning from Israel on Friday for civilians to vacate the north of the country.