Ex-U.S. General Says Attacks on Israel Worse than 9/11

(TargetDailyNews.com) – The U.S. Army commander who once helmed America’s occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq recently told CBS that when comparing the attacks of 9/11 to the actions of Hamas in the Jewish State on October 7th, the Hamas attacks on Israel are “far worse.” Retired General David Petraeus made clear during the October 15th broadcast that he was speaking exclusively in proportionally comparative terms.

The ex-CIA director said that Israel’s 1,300 civilian casualties would be proportionately “equivalent” to “over 40,000” Americans similarly dying in a mass casualty event if both attacks were viewed through the filter of overall population totals. On September 11th, 2001, 3,000 Americans lost their lives.

Despite the high death toll, the population of the United States is about 36 times larger than that of Israel. The Jewish state has about 9.3 million citizens and the U.S. currently has about 340 million known documented residents. In the CBS piece, Petraeus warned the Knesset not to make military decisions that were based solely on an emotional reaction.

Citing the Bush administration’s reaction to al-Qaeda’s attacks on America in 2001, the ex-general said the Israeli Defense Forces should learn “from our experiences” and take them as “a cautionary tale.” Petraeus appeared to suggest that the U.S. military would likely have approached the war on terror “differently” if they could go back in time.

The former intelligence director said that some of the decisions Israel is about to make may be looked upon differently in the not-so-distant future. Petraeus opined that Israeli leadership seems to be cognizant of that historical fact and does not appear to want to make the same mistakes as their American ally.

Petraeus added that he believes Knesset is fully conscious of what the implications are. Petraeus went on to describe Israel’s apparent upcoming kinetic assault on Hamas as a “very tough fight.” The invasion of Gaza is still pending.

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