The [IDF][1] claims that, in war, about 3 civilians are killed for every militant killed. They then compare this statistic favorably to Operation Cast Lead and Operation Pillar of Defense, in which the Civilian:Militant death ratio was about 1:1. They use the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as examples of the average Civilian:Militant death ratio.

Though Israel is a transparent, egalitarian democracy, many would reasonably object to the use of an IDF source to defend the IDF. And I had a bit of trouble finding the specific UN statement to which they referred. Can anybody here please determine whether the IDF's statement was accurate and, if so, over what period?