I can promise you this, if countries around us had the same things happen here we’d be invading.
You mean something along the lines of what “Blackjack” Pershing was doing in 1916, or that happened in 1846 in Texas?
Just to anticipate and answer that might arise from ConLib’s post above, why would a sniper survey his field of vision using his scope? While the field of vision in a rifle scope is quite narrow (requiring a lot of time and movement to cover the entire field of vision), it also gives the sniper far greater detail than he could see or discern with an unaided eye. Thus, a sniper might be able to discern whether a vague bundle likely contained olives or an IED, firewood or an AK-47.
Another thing to consider, Trekky … you posted one picture and drew a lot of conclusions from it that really are little more than your assumptions and prejudices. Assuming the pic is genuine (unlike, for example, the infamous al Dura video) (that the image in the close-by scope and the relatively far off buildings are all pretty much in focus immediately suggested to me that the pic may be fauxny) you don’t know how many other pix the sniper took while on duty that day. Was this the sole pic? Or did (s)he take dozens of pics while surveying his/her field of view, so (s)he or the next person on duty would be able to detect any change/addition to a building that might be evidence of an enemy sniper/ambusher or an IED? You say the person seen through the scope is a Palestinian and a child. Really? You met the “child” and confirmed his/her age and ethnicity? The person has their back turned to the camera and appears to be at a building parapet or a low wall. What is in front of them? An AK-47? An IED? A school textbook? A falafel?
And more basic and obvious (so basic and obvious that I overlooked it for several minutes): first, reread the title from The Electronic Intifada’s (what bias do think they have?) article; then look at the picture. What is wrong in the article title? Hint: It proves the Israeli sniper - assuming the genuineness of the pic - was not targeting the person in his/her rifle scope.
And I have a question for those who have served in the military. Look closely at what I have been calling a rifle scope. Is that actually … a rifle scope? Or is it a non-weapon-mounted device for surveying an area (a moving rifle barrel while using a scope to survey an area could expose the sniper’s existence and location)?
It’s interesting to look at a picture and analyze how much it shows, how much it does not, and how much that we think is “there” is actually our assumptions and prejudice-influenced interpretation. And of course, that I would point out all this comes partly from my biases (which are based on recent decades of ME history).