Ed Miliband’s views on terrorism show he’d be a poor leader

A view of a tunnel reportedly dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and recently uncovered by Israeli troops, on October 13, 2013. (Photo: David Buimovitch/Flash90) Source.

Ed Miliband wants to become prime minister after the next general election. But recent statements he has made about Israel’s incursion into Gaza raise serious questions about his capacity to govern, and especially about his ability and willingness to protect British citizens against the threats posed by Islamic State and other Islamic terrorist groups.

Mr Miliband argued that David Cameron was “wrong not to have opposed Israel’s incursion into Gaza”. Recall that Israel’s “incursion” into Gaza occurred only after Hamas had sent death squads into Israeli territory using its network of nearly 40 sophisticated terror tunnels illegally dug under the Gaza-Israeli border. According to Israeli intelligence sources, Israel concluded that unless it shut down these tunnels Hamas was planning to send hundreds of terrorists into Israel to kill and kidnap civilians and soldiers.

I was in one of those tunnels just before Israel entered Gaza. It was close to an Israeli kindergarten with more than 50 children. The purpose of this tunnel was to kill or kidnap as many of these children as possible. The only two options for Israel were allowing the tunnels to continue to exist, thus endangering thousands of Israelis; or locate and destroy the tunnels from their entrance points.

My challenge to Ed Miliband is: what would you have done if you were prime minister of a country that faced comparable threats? Would you have waited for death squads to wreak havoc on cities, towns and villages? Would you have tried to attack the tunnel entrances from the air, despite many of them being located in mosques, schools, hospitals, private homes and densely populated civilian areas?

As prime minister, would Mr Miliband do nothing and simply call for a ceasefire and the resumption of talks, as he did with the Israeli-Hamas conflict? He also rebuked Mr Cameron for his “silence on the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians caused by Israel’s military action”. But Mr Miliband himself has remained silent on Hamas’ deliberate use of human shields, the main cause of Palestinian civilian deaths.

I await answers — answers that assure voters that he is neither a hypocrite nor a leader unwilling to do what has to be done to protect his countrymen from terrorism.

Alan Dershowitz is a liberal lawyer whose clients have included Julian Assange, OJ Simpson and Mike Tyson. His latest ebook is Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel’s Just War against Hamas.

How long before Dershowitz wakes up and realizes that the left is leaving him behind?