Argument: Would a proportional response from Israel include rocket attacks?

Issue Report: Israeli military assault in Gaza


“In defense of Israel’s ‘disproportionate’ response in Gaza”. Christian Science Monitor. January 8, 2009 – “In the case of Israel, the buzzwords are the ‘disproportionate’ and ‘excessive’ use of force – terms used in the 2006 Lebanon war and most recently spoken by French President Nikolas Sarkozy and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in response to Israel’s Gaza offensive. […] This is a particularly puzzling criticism of Israel. Would the international community truly prefer a proportionate or equal response? If Hamas launches three crudely-fashioned rockets into Israel, should the Israeli government respond with three equally-crude rockets? If three Israeli Defense Forces are kidnapped by Hezbollah, should the IDF respond by kidnapping an equal number of Hezbollah foot-soldiers?”