The Israeli air force has used planes provided by the USA to commit terrorist attacks against civilians in Gaza. This illegal act of butchery has slaughtered to date 22 Palestinian civilians and injured scores more, some women and children.
The tangible result to date has not been the release of Corporal Shalit but rather the derision of the Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who states that the Israeli attacks are undermining diplomatic efforts to free him.
Now the Israeli operation has broken down with gunships and tanks fighting Palestinian militants with RPGs and assault rifles. The UNO has condemned Israel’s terrorist offensive as illegal and has called a special meeting in Geneva.
Day by day, Israel descends into the abyss.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now