Israeli bombardment continues with destruction of five mosques as international pressure for ceasefire grows.
|Smoke rises from Shejaiya during an Israeli military operation in of Gaza|
As the Israeli bombardment of Gaza moves into its third week, the leaders of the Western world scurry off to Cairo, Qatar, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, in an attempt to bring about a ceasefire between the Palestinians in Gaza and the invading Israeli forces. This is against a background of the most vicious, indiscriminate and constant bombardment and killing of civilians in the area, currently in excess of 500 killed and more than 100 of those children. I have never witnessed, in all the history of Israeli incursions into Gaza, such ferocity and indiscriminate bombardment from Israeli tanks, warships, aircraft and infantry, used against the civilian population and schools, homes, civilian infrastructure and hospitals.
President Obama has sent John Kerry to the Middle East to join United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an attempt to broker some sort of arrangement between the parties for a ceasefire. In the meanwhile the aggression of the Israelis against the Palestinians continues unabated and in fact has been seen over the past 24 hours to be intensifying in its ferocity.It is difficult to see how those Western leaders who have consistently supported Israel in its aggression in Gaza, using the well worn phrases, “Israel has the right to defend itself, and “We support Israel,” can have any credibility in creating the conditions which could bring an end to the fighting. In previous conflicts in the area, any resulting ceasefire has always been to revert to the situation as it was prior to the fighting. At no time have the Palestinians been given any option but complete and abject surrender to the invading forces. The leaders in the West have always taken the view that Israel can do no wrong and that any fighting is always the fault of the Palestinians. The blockade of Gaza, by land sea and air has remained in place, the occupation of Palestinian land by Israeli forces has continued and become even more oppressive. The indications are, that this time, there will be no return to the status quo.
Historically, the obsession with appeasement to Tel Aviv in response to Israeli aggression in Gaza and other theatres in the Middle East, has been met with only half-hearted condemnation, calls for restraint, mock sympathy for the civilians caught in the hostilities and American use of their veto at the United Nations, of any resolution critical of Israel. At the present time it is perhaps only with the growing feeling of indignation and the growing anger of the public, that governments in the West have been moved to take any action at all. In the current round of diplomatic activity, we have already seen a less than honest attempt by Al Sisi in Egypt, to offer essentially what was no more than a reiteration of the 2012 ceasefire following the “Cast lead” operation, which had been brokered by President Mohammed Morrsi before he was overthrown in a coup, organised in conjunction with Tel Aviv and Washington. It does not go unnoticed that the borders between Egypt and Gaza have been closed since Al-Sisi seized power and only recently humanitarian, medical and other essential supplies were prevented from entering Gaza, by Egyptian security forces. How can the leader of any state, when being so clearly in the pay of the United States and Israel, be taken as an honest broker when trying to secure a ceasefire in Gaza?
|"President" Al Sisi|