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Video: Israeli soldiers share an ecstatic moment as they destroy homes in Gaza

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Listen to the sheer ecstatic joy erupting (1:24*) from these soldiers as they watch their deadly handiwork unfold. As government officials, observers and pundits express their deep regret over the tragic toll on civilians in Gaza, the soldiers carrying out these particular operations don’t appear to share their concern.

*The original video accompanying this article has been pulled due to copyright infringement. We’ve replaced it with a similar one capturing the beginning of the same event from a different camera angle. h/t Nigel Parry


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  1. Palikari on August 7, 2014, 12:44 pm

    I wish I were with them!!!

    • amigo on August 7, 2014, 4:09 pm

      “I wish I were with them!!!” palikari

      You do mean there with the dead children .

    • NoSlack2327 on August 8, 2014, 8:29 am

      Their act is shameful, and you should be ashamed of yourself for expressing that sentiment.

      If you are a citizen of the United States then you should renounce that priceless citizenship, and move to Israel. You obviously care more about Israel than the United States.

    • Karl Dubhe on August 8, 2014, 10:31 am

      What has stopped you?

      I understand they’re starting up again. If you hop on a plane now, you might be in the IDF and fully trained in next to no time. Hurry up, you don’t want to wait, there might be peace by … Hmmm.

    • Mooser on August 8, 2014, 8:07 pm

      “I wish I were with them!!!”

      Oh look, a ‘camp follower’ No doubt he wishes to bring ‘comfort’ to those tough Israeli soldiers.

  2. Citizen on August 7, 2014, 12:59 pm

    Disgusting. And we pay for it.

  3. Kay24 on August 7, 2014, 1:01 pm

    I don’t know what to call them, human animals or sadistic brutes.

    I think both are quite appropriate.

    Hating Palestinians who they hold under occupation, and steal from, are part of their psyche.

  4. Justpassingby on August 7, 2014, 1:43 pm

    Appaling but this is how military soldiers all over the world act. They enjoy killing like any psychopath.

  5. Jackdaw on August 7, 2014, 1:46 pm


    Can you try to find a video of Hamasnik’s firing rockets at Israel and yelling,
    “Allah hu-Akbar?
    Fair and balanced, right?

    • annie on August 7, 2014, 3:50 pm

      sure jack, after you find me numerous examples of Hamas’ propaganda claiming how much they deeply regret israeli casualties.

      • paul causton on August 7, 2014, 4:49 pm

        “Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” I consider it all hopeless at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen, before Israel goes under.”

        so much for a balanced response and pin-point accuracy…

      • Miriam on August 7, 2014, 4:58 pm

        I cannot remember ever reading that Resistance fighters ever regretted any successes they had fighting brutal oppressors. They have been heroically victorious.
        Did Warsaw fighters regret their tunnels, guns or sabotage? had they more power would they have regretted it? Further hasn’t only been Hamas military wing which has fought…there are a number of other militia who valiantly fought against 6 idf armored infantry divisions (not to mention Isr.Navy gun ships & Air Force bombings.) They did as Hezbullah before them (2006) and are still be standing– with the people of Gaza, proud of their resistance fighters.

  6. just on August 7, 2014, 2:55 pm

    “NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, for Israel, with U.S. backing, the current situation is a kind of a win-win situation. If Hamas agrees to extend the ceasefire, Israel can continue with its regular policies, which I described before: taking over what they want in the West Bank, separating it from Gaza, keeping the diet and so on. If Hamas doesn’t accept the ceasefire, Netanyahu can make another speech like the one you—the cynical speech you quoted earlier. The only thing that can break this is if the U.S. changes its policies, as has happened in other cases. I mentioned two: South Africa, Timor. There’s others. And that’s decisive. If there’s going to be a change, it will crucially depend on a change in U.S. policy here. For 40 years, the United States has been almost unilaterally backing Israeli rejectionism, refusal to entertain the overwhelming international consensus on a two-state settlement.

    NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, as always, for all states and all political leaderships, we have to distinguish rhetoric from action. Any political leader can produce lovely rhetoric, even Hitler, Stalin, whoever you want. What we ask is: What are they doing? So exactly what does Obama suggest or carry out as a means to achieve the goal of ending the U.S.-backed Israeli siege, blockade of Gaza, which is creating this situation? What has it done in the past? What does it propose to do in the future? There are things that the U.S. could do very easily. Again, don’t want to draw the South African analogy too closely, but it is indicative. And it’s not the only case. The same happened, as you remember, in the Indonesia-East Timor case. When the United States, Clinton, finally told the Indonesian generals, “The game’s over,” they pulled out immediately. U.S. power is substantial. And in the case of Israel, it’s critical, because Israel relies on virtually unilateral U.S. support. There are plenty of things the U.S. can do to implement what Obama talked about. And the question is—and, in fact, when the U.S. gives orders, Israel obeys. That’s happened over and over again. That’s completely obvious why, given the power relationships. So things can be done. They were done by Bush two, by Clinton, by Reagan, and the U.S. could do them again. Then we’ll know whether those words were anything other than the usual pleasant rhetoric”

    • Kay24 on August 7, 2014, 3:50 pm

      Things seem different now. It seems Obama and Congress are controlled by the zionists. Which nation can insult the Secretary of Defense, belittle his efforts for peace, and what Prime Minister can tell the President of the US, NEVER to second guess him when it comes to Hamas, so sternly? Sounds like a reprimand to me.

      Did the leaders of our country, the media, or even the White House utter a peep in return, and tell them to go jump in the lake and stop the aid and weapons flowing to the land of human animals?

  7. HarryLaw on August 7, 2014, 3:50 pm

    I can only find one source for the claim that Abbas has stopped the recent complaint by the Gaza Prosecutor to the ICC. The Palestinian Authority requested International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Ms Fatou Bensouda to nullify the complaint filed on July 25, 2014 by Palestinian Justice Minister Salim Sakka and Gaza Attorney General Ismail Jaber against the war crimes committed by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip.
    Interim President Mahmoud Abbas argued that the complaint was likely to backfire against the Palestinian resistance (which is legally false) and that the Palestinian Authority favored a different strategy: joining the Court (which it never followed up on). This would not surprise me, Abbas simply does not want to do it.

  8. justicewillprevail on August 7, 2014, 7:51 pm

    And here is what the charming fascists leave behind as expressions of their soul:

  9. lonely rico on August 7, 2014, 8:52 pm

    “This video no longer available due to a copyright claim by … (in hebrew)”

    So far no copyright claim on other cheering Israeli soldiers –
    And they wonder why the world is disgusted.
    Are they insane ? Seems so.

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