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Israelis Refuse to Carry Out Airstrikes

A group of reserve air force pilots drew condemnation Thursday for refusing to carry out airstrikes in Palestinian areas, but their unprecedented protest set off an emotional debate on the ethics of the targeted killings of militants. Pilots are held in the highest regard in Israel and their views carry considerable weight, since their skill and audacity are seen as key to the country’s survival. Several hundred Israelis have refused to serve in the West Bank and Gaza in recent years, and there have been protests such as last weekend’s Tel Aviv rally in which several thousand called for ending the occupation of the areas. But Israelis generally support the military’s actions as needed to curb terror attacks, and no major anti-war movement has emerged. Full Story

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