Time to help in­jured, dis­cuss a cease-fire

The Southland Times - - Opinion -

There is no dis­pute over Is­rael’s right to de­fend its border, but this does not mean it has the right to do what­ever it pleases to those who try to cross it. The black smoke that rose above Gaza and the num­ber of ca­su­al­ties that climbed by the hour did not in­ter­fere with the cel­e­bra­tory open­ing of the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Jerusalem, high­light­ing the wan­ton Is­raeli treat­ment of Pales­tini­ans in gen­eral and Gazans in par­tic­u­lar.

It show­cased an at­mos­phere of ar­ro­gance that has gripped the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, bol­stered by a sym­pa­thetic Amer­i­can pres­i­dent who has re­sponded to all the whims of an Is­raeli prime min­is­ter who re­fuses to con­sider peace.

A month and a half of demon­stra­tions by peo­ple who were mostly un­armed has re­sulted in dozens of deaths and thou­sands of wounded Pales­tini­ans. Dur­ing these weeks of protest, Ha­mas and the other re­sis­tance move­ments in Gaza re­frained from launch­ing rock­ets into Is­rael. No Is­raeli sol­dier or res­i­dent was in­jured.

Is­rael, on the other hand, acted against the un­armed demon­stra­tors with sniper fire, live fire that killed and maimed. The Is­raeli PM must se­ri­ously ex­am­ine the readi­ness of Ha­mas to ne­go­ti­ate a cease-fire with Is­rael, and an­nounce steps to re­duce the block­ade con­sid­er­ably and al­low those se­ri­ously wounded to be treated in Is­rael.

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