Israeli reserve units have been sent to Gaza but Israel denies this is a new phase of attacks. Army officials said the reserve units were there to refresh troops,not to escalate the conflict.
On Sunday the Israeli Prime minister Ehud Olmert said Israel is nearing its Gaza goals but did not mention a potential end of the strikes. In this article Chris McGreal discusses the definition of Victory; is it to stop Hamas firing rockets? Is it a deterrent ?
What does Israeli want? And if they are – as they say – nearing the goals in Gaza do Israelis who’ve suffered 8 years of rocket attacks feel safer now than 17 days ago? And for those in Gaza who have voted for Hamas, are they still backing the people they voted in ?
Both Hamas and Israel have ignored the UN resolution calling for an end to the war. Rockets continue to be fired from Gaza and Israeli airstrikes and ground operations continue
Israel says it carried out 12 overnight air strikes. One rocket attack was reported from Gaza on Monday.
Apart from injuries and arrests the other by-product is the fact that life stands still for those who live in the areas where protests are held. Here in the UK residents near the Israeli embassy in Kensington, wests London have called for the protests to be moved following recent violence.
The local residents’ association, said life had become a “nightmare” since demonstrations began two weeks ago.So, heated feelings and anger aside, what are these demonstrations actually achieving and how are they helping end the violence in Gaza? Are the Gaza demonstrations doing more harm than good?
Have you taken part in a demonstration to end the violence in Gaza and Israel? Do you feel it will make a difference? If Hamas and Israeli have shown that they don’t listen to the UN, why do you think they’ll listen to you?
Finally media coverage of such conflicts is an ongoing issue, in this article John Kampfner argues that trying to reach a balanced coverage on the Gaza conflict has weakened the BBC. What do you think?