Israel's 'Free Hand' in Gaza

Olmert says the Israeli military have 'free hand' to hit Gaza, ignoring the Humanitarian concerns of many, including the UN.
The UN's top humanitarian, Sir John Holmes, said yesterday that the deteriorating economic and humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territory was a "political crisis" that needed a "political solution". He spoke as the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said the people of Gaza could not live normal lives while Israelis across the border were constantly targeted by rockets.

Speaking in Jerusalem at a gathering of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, Olmert said Israel's military had a "free hand" to hit Gaza militants. "We will reach out for anyone involved in terrorism against Israelis and will not hesitate to attack them," he said. "That applies to everyone, first and foremost Hamas."

Speaking separately at a briefing to journalists, Holmes said: "The problems won't be removed without a political solution." But the under secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, who is on a five-day visit to the region, said that as a humanitarian he had limited control over the UN's key political decision-making body, the security council. "I don't come expecting to work miracles. The situation is extremely difficult, the politics extremely difficult."
More here...
Disengagement and the frontiers of Zionism: a first person account on how Israel filters what should go and shouldn't into Gaza. (Thanks to Erdla from Gorilla's Guides)


Ted said...

The "arrest" of over 80 people from Gaza and them being taken to Israel for "interrogation" is wrong.

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erdla said...

Sophia have you seen this?


Sophia said...

Thanks erdla,
This is a very valuable article. It is in the updated post now.

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