In a statement today, president Obama’s State Department Announced Israeli troops are not allowed to defend themselves when being attacked by Hamas using human shields.
August 3, 2014
We continue to underscore that all parties must take all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties and protect the civilian population and comply with international humanitarian law.
If Israel has the right to defend itself, and Hamas is using a civilians as human shields the logical conclusion is that Israel shouldn’t be bashed for the civilian deaths–Hamas should. So the truth is based on the statement above is the Obama administration does not Israel to defend herself because when Hamas is firing at Israel behind human shields Israeli troops are not allowed to fire back.
Sadly the only real effect of the State Department statement is to encourage Hamas to use even more civilians as human shields.