Finkelstein Comments: Israel alleges in its defense that before it bombs civilian areas it drops leaflets warning inhabitants to flee; and that if they don’t heed the warning and instead stay in place, the onus of responsibility falls on them if and when Israel attacks. In a June 8, 2018, speech on the occasion of International Day of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah had this to say:
What we say, what the Palestinian people and the Arab and Muslim peoples say, and even what Islam says — I can say that this is the view of Islam — and what the Resistance says is this: we do not want to kill, we do not want to destroy, we do not want to throw (or drown) anyone in the sea. We tell you in a very civilized manner: embark in your ships, embark on your planes, and return to the countries from which you came. Regarding the (minority of) indigenous Jews, who are from Palestine, they are people of Palestine and they can stay there. As for the (Zionist) invaders, occupiers and settlers who came from all around the world, let them pack up their things and leave. This is the message of Islam, and this is the message of the Resistance. This is the message of the peoples of the region.Contrary to what Netanyahu says, nobody wants to perpetrate another Holocaust or anything like that. But if you insist on perpetuating the occupation, then I assure you that the Day of the Great War in this region, whatever triggers it, is coming (fast). That day is close on which we will all pray in Al-Quds (Jerusalem).We are awaiting that day, with a positive (active) expectation, getting ready for it, truly and faithfully. Fare well, and God’s peace be upon you and His mercy and blessings.
Israelis have now been forewarned.Is it then correct that Israeli civilians who refused to heed Nasrallah’s warning have only themselves to blame if and when they are targeted during the “Great War” to come?