In 2005, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) was founded with the explicit goal of “protecting Israel from the enemy and advancing the interests of the state”.
The Israeli army is, for all intents and purposes, the military wing of the Israeli state.
The term “military” is used throughout the Israeli legal system to refer to both soldiers and police.
“The IDF is a state that exists on the basis of national borders and that protects all citizens,” the IDF constitution states.
This means that, in the case of Israel, “the IDF is under the control of the people and not the government”.
Israel’s constitution also states that: “Israel is a sovereign and independent state with a Jewish majority.”
In addition to being the state of Israel and an occupying power, Israel is also a democracy with a democratically elected parliament.
In practice, this means that the Israeli people are empowered to govern the country, but not to make policy or carry out military operations.
Israeli military operations are considered an integral part of Israeli military strategy.
The IDF has a long history of engaging in attacks on civilian populations in order to prevent Palestinian and other groups from establishing a viable state.
As a result, Israel’s military is a very powerful institution.
The IDF has been involved in many major wars since the creation of Israel in 1948.
When the current government took office in January 2017, the number of troops in the Israeli armed forces reached over 2 million, with an estimated 1.5 million soldiers deployed.
Israel has long been criticized by human rights groups for its actions in the West Bank, Gaza and the occupied territories.
“The current Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip and in the occupied Palestinian territories, with a combined population of around 1.7 million, constitute a blatant violation of international law and human rights law,” said the Palestinian Committee for the Liberation of Palestine (PCLP).
“This is a clear violation of the Geneva Convention, of the Fourth Geneva Convention and of international humanitarian law, and is a war crime,” said Mounir al-Masri, the head of the PCLP’s international affairs division.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has called on Israel to cease all military operations, stating that the current Israeli occupation of the West’s territories violates international law.
But while the IDF has an established history of military operations against the civilian population, there has been a long-standing pattern of Israeli soldiers killing civilians in order for the military to carry out operations against Palestinians.
According to Amnesty International, between 1967 and 2010, an average of 5,500 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces every day, with 1,300 of them civilians.
This is only one of the many ways Israel has been able to carry its operations in Gaza without being criticized by the international community.
For example, Israeli soldiers have also been known to carryout attacks on homes in the Palestinian areas of the occupied West Bank.
During the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, Israel destroyed the homes of more than 300 Palestinians, killing many of them.
More recently, in March 2016, an Israeli airstrike killed two Israeli civilians in Gaza, including a mother and her six-month-old child.
Another incident occurred on December 7, 2016, when Israeli forces attacked a home in the Jabalia neighborhood of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, killing the mother and daughter and injuring the mother’s five-year-old daughter.
Despite the continued Israeli aggression, the international human rights community has repeatedly condemned Israel’s policies.
A UN report published in February 2018 stated that: “Israel’s disproportionate use of force, including lethal force against civilian populations, and its indiscriminate use of the armed forces and other security forces, violate the right to life and the right of civilians to life in international humanitarian and human right law.”
As such, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling on the Israeli government to immediately halt the targeting of Gaza’s civilians, and also to immediately end the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the blockade imposed by Israel.
ICRC spokesman Jonathan Greenfield said in a statement: “The ICC strongly condemns the disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks against Gaza’s civilian population and calls on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to end the systematic violation of civilians’ rights, including those of the children.”
On February 12, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, an unprecedented offensive in Gaza against the Gaza-based Hamas militant group, against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which is believed to have a large presence in Gaza.
Operation Protective Edge has killed at least 1,200 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,100, according to the UN.
Since Israel launched the offensive, the UN has warned that more than 3,000 Palestinians have been killed and more than 200,000 injured in the conflict.
Although Israel claims that the offensive