The Israeli administration decided to finish the operation in the Gaza Strip, but peace is not going to come to the region anyway. The consequences of the Israel-led operation in the Gaza Strip are horrifying. The Israeli administration may have launched the operation for its own political reasons. It may just so happen that it is a pre-election war for Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stated on Saturday that the Israeli Army had been ordered to cease fire since the goals of the operation had been achieved. He did not specify which kind of goals the operation had. Hamas refused to cease fire as long as Israeli troops were present on the Gaza Strip, whereas Israel was not going to pull out from the region.
One may assume that Israel unleashed the military operation in the Gaza Strip to raise chances of the ruling party during the upcoming election and complete the operation before the end of Bush’s term in the office, the Ambassador of Palestine to the Russian Federation said.
The diplomat backed the suggestion to establish an international committee for the investigation of the actions of the Israeli military in Gaza. “I represent the whole Palestinian nation here – 11 million people. Five million of them live in the historical land of Palestine . Six more million live all over the world as a result of the war of 1948. We, the Palestinian nation, have become the victims of the European history. We have become the Jews of Israel,” the diplomat wrote.
The Palestinians have always been proud of their political pluralism. The nation was always ready to preserve both the political pluralism and democracy. “We have a home problem now, but we lay big hopes on Egypt ’s goodwill mission,” the diplomat said. Egypt is one of the key states in the League of Arab States. The League entrusted Egypt with a mission of truce several months ago.
“We represent the national Palestinian movement since the war of 1973. We have been gradually moving towards consent and co-existence of two states in the Middle East. I always say that we were very reasonable even beyond reason. We support the peaceful solution of the problem through negotiations,” the ambassador wrote in an email to Pravda.ru.
The war in Gaza continues. The beginning of any war implies a diplomatic debacle. The ambassador lays hopes on Russia’s mission. This is a great nation, a constant UN Security Council member and the basic country of the four international mediators, which decided to hold the Mideastern conference in Moscow this coming spring.
The international community is certain that there was no need for Israel to strike such serious blows on Gaza. “I read Israeli papers every day. Only 13 Israelis have been killed, whereas the number of victims in Palestine exceeds 1,100 people, many of them are children below 12. Five thousand people have been wounded, many of them are women, children and elderly people. The Gaza Strip is a heavily populated territory. The bombings of Gaza always strike civil objects,” he wrote.
Over 200,000 people have lost their homes in the Gaza Strip, the territory suffered 3-billion-dollar damage as a result of the war. Israel struck several blows on UN objects, probably deliberately. Israel used prohibited kinds of weapons, including white phosphorus, against civil objects. This substance literally dissolves eyes and burns flesh without fire. Israel denied journalists entrance to the Gaza Strip having claimed that such “observers” would bring nothing but more problems.
The US administration promised the whole world that it would do everything to freeze the illegal construction of Jewish settlements. As experience shows, the settlements continue to appear, and the Israeli checkpoints were not removed. Unfortunately, Israel is not waging war against Hamas – it is waging war against the whole Palestinian nation.
Israel will go to the polls on February 10, so this war can be described as a pre-election war. Israeli officials believe that their tough actions against Palestine will bring better results. This is a very short-sighted kind of politics. The Israeli administration does not realize the whole depth of the moral crisis of the Israeli society. An opinion poll conducted in the USA showed that 44 percent of Americans support Israel, whereas 41 percent of them say that they condemn the actions of the Israeli administration. More importantly, about 30 percent of Barack Obama’s electors set out their sympathies with Palestine.
The Russian forces destroyed a column of NATO armoured vehicles that had been delivered to the Ukrainian army.