Sunday, 18 November 2012

The Right To Defend Ourselves

15.00 GMT on 18th November 2012 3 Israelis dead 50 Palestinians dead Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is ready to "significantly expand" its operation in Gaza after shelling Gaza for the last 5 days. Rockets from Gaza have again landed in Israel, one causing damage and injuries in the city of Ashkelon. Eight Palestinian journalists have bee hurt in Gaza where two media buildings have been hit. Today at least six people have been killed in Gaza including two children from the same family. Both 'sides' have confirmed that attempts to reach a ceasefire agreement are continuing. US President Barack Obama says Washington is "fully supportive of Israel's right to defend itself"(BBC News) UK Foreign Secretary William Hague warns that a ground invasion would "lose Israel a lot of the international support and sympathy they have in this situation" but stresses that the Hamas movement, which governs Gaza,bears "principal responsibility" for the current conflict. So when does defence become attack ? When does the disproportionate nature of the two sides become a reason in itself to stop retaliation ? Questions that only those responsible for firing the rockets,dropping the missiles and killing and maiming innocent people can answer. Actions that only they can enforce. In the name of humanity, please make it stop now.