Forget about ideology and loyalty, principles and beliefs. Check the facts.
When you’re not in the region, sometimes it’s hard to find out who’s lying.
What may help is to look at the credentials of the parties.
The IDF is composed of soldiers and conscripts. It has any minority you’d want, from Christian to Muslim, ultra-Orthodox to Marxist, traditional to vegan, men, women, and transgenders, each generously supported in their own personal needs.
Yet, more important than identity is political affiliation. You find left-wingers and right-wingers. This means no coverup can ever succeed.
A wrong by the IDF, in the end, is always admitted and published.
Israel is a deeply democratic state with free elections, freedom of a very diverse press, freedom of assembly, and hundreds of organizations for the protection of any group you’d want. Even Israeli news sites self-identifying as anti-Zionist can write whatever lies they want—and they do, they do.
So, you can’t take at face value everything an Israeli says, but when you take the sum total of Israeli opinion, you will get the highest truth. That means you cannot take as objective everyone who writes an op-ed. But reports by reputable news outlets (Times of Israel, JPost, not included necessarily those from agencies or people outside of Israel) are truthful.
Perhaps more importantly, Israel has equality before the law. The High Court has no trouble faulting the authorities, including the PM and IDF, when the Knesset or existing civil law infringes on personal liberty.
Now look at the other side of the front.
Hamas is a terrorist organization that admits to striving to eradicate all Jews and to obtain world domination. They cherish killing and being killed. They acknowledge no law but their extremist interpretation of the Koran. Unsurprisingly, they perpetrated 15 types of war crimes in one day.
Most of their sympathizers today admit they simply hate Jews. It has little to do with politics and everything with religiously based hatred.
The UN votes by majority. Most of its States and Peoples deeply hate Jews. Most of these States do not have free elections, freedom of a very diverse press, or freedom of assembly, so why believe anything they say?
Most of the international and national press has more than an anti-Israel bias. They lie and distort anything to foster antisemitism. Most journalists can be idealists and honest, but their bosses will make sure the truth won’t come out. With complete honesty, antisemitism would die.
The greatest asset of Jew-haters isn’t that so many people are evil, but so many are naïve. They can’t believe all this hate could be baseless dogma.
See, it’s not so complicated. Israel is not perfect, like no one is. But it is committed to truth and weeding out anything unkosher. The other side is dedicated to genocide, hatred, and death, and their honor tops truth.
So, when both parties accuse the other of war crimes, you know whom to believe. And that’s important since evil needs good people doing nothing.