Israel Spokesman Admits Army ‘Should Have’ Spared Boys Playing Soccer on Gaza Beach

Israel Spokesman Admits Army ‘Should Have’ Spared Boys Playing Soccer on Gaza Beach

Peter Lerner Concedes ‘Visual Evidence’ Showed No Terror


By Hody Nemes

Published July 24, 2014.


A top Israeli spokesman conceded the Israeli military should have been able to tell that four Palestinian boys killed on a Gaza beach while playing soccer were not terrorists.

“The IDF had a target, a Hamas terrorist target,” Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told ABC, an Australian TV news outlet. “We had intelligence pointing specifically to that location and we had the indication that the perpetrators were on the beach.”

“We had visual surveillance, clearly, to an extent that we should have been able to determine who was on the beach,” he added.

The four boys, aged 9 to 11, were all members of the extended Bakr family and were killed July 16 while playing on a Gaza City beach. Many foreign journalists staying at a nearby hotel witnessed the boys’ deaths, which received extensive coverage in international media.

After the strike, Israel said it was closely investigating the incident, which it called a “tragic outcome.”

“We need to determine what happened between the gathering of the intelligence and what happened that caused this unfortunate human tragedy,” Lerner told ABC in the segment aired Wednesday.

Lerner also expressed sorrow over the boys’ deaths. “It’s a human tragedy,” he said. “Children are not our targets. We do not target civilians. It defeats the object of our mission.”

“Our mission is against the bad people who are striking Israel, who are launching rockets indiscriminately at our population, at Tel Aviv, at Jerusalem, at Haifa, at Be’er Sheva,” he added.

1 thought on “Israel Spokesman Admits Army ‘Should Have’ Spared Boys Playing Soccer on Gaza Beach

  1. How long will Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner be “top spokesperson” for the Israeli Defense Forces after he stated that the Israeli Navy failed terribly to establish that soccer-playing boys on the beach were NOT terrorist?

    There is one thing that I hope, and that is that the individual on the ship/boat or whatever one is supposed to call the floating piece of steel on the water who identified the boys playing soccer on the beach as terrorists and OKed the firing of shells onto the boys will have huge trauma’s, that he will see in his dreams every night the tattered bodies of the boys been carried away from the beach, that he will see in his head the pictures of the shells hitting the beach, killing and wounding the boys who were playing soccer!

    Lets hope the individual will reach a very high age, so that the individual will be able to suffer for a very long time, and then… at the moment of his death, that his God will raise His hand, and tell the individual that there is no place in heven for child-killers!

    That is what I hope!


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