Israel says it carried out 30 air strikes overnight – and 4 thousand infantry are on the ground.
Palestinian medical sources say more than 500 people have been killed since the military action began, and civilians are running out of bread because of gas and electricity shortages.
We can’t verify any of this as Israel has barred foreign reporters from entering Gaza- and restricting their activities on the border. A policy, according to Robert Fisk in the Independent, simply won’t work..
That aside, how far can this military campaign go ? If you speak to suomeone who supports the action, they’ll say it’ll stop when the rockets stop and they can live in peace and security.
So far, the rockets haven’t stopped . The Israelis say another twenty were fired into the south of the country , making an estimated 500 in the last week.
Or this is how Seumas Milne in the Guardian sees it :
“During the last seven years, 14 Israelis have been killed by mostly homemade rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, while more than 5,000 Palestinians were killed by Israel with some of the most advanced US-supplied armaments in the world”
Every politician i hear interviewed here prefaces their answers by saying “of course every country has a right to defend itself” ,so without recourse to using the “p” word (proportionate – and i know some of you find the use of it and it’s implied meaning, difficult and even offensive), at what point will Israel say “ok, that’s enough now ” ?
In crude terms, how many people will have to die to justify Israel’s right to defend itself.? Despite the support of the U.S, will there be a time when the weight of international opinion becomes too great even for a nation as strong and as resilient as Israel ?