Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil is heading into Gaza today. It is to be hoped that he is not acting as a puppet of the West. With the USA, and the UK following suit in parrot fashion style, support for Israel risks involving countries in yet another war. Countries such as Syria, Iran, Russia and Egypt are likely to support the Palestinians.
The EU announced a huge financial helping hand to Egypt earlier this week which could be seen as a pay off of sorts. The new Egyptian leaders are being supported by Washington which puts them in danger of being seen as simply a tool of the West much like the ousted President Mubarek.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahou has announced a cease fire for three hours whilst the Egyptian PM is in Gaza. Israel is still sabre rattling though this time with words. Hamas has also spoken but it is still talking of revenge. Last night Israel launched more than 150 missiles on Gaza. Hamas may have been attacking Israel throughout the year but that is a huge amount for a relatively small area and short space of time.
Yes civilians have been hit in Israel but they have in Gaza. At one time the Arabs of Gaza lived under siege by Israel for three years. If you listen to some knowledegable people on both sides there is always a marked difference in their approach. Israels rarely give any credit to the Palestinians or accept that there are two sides to any such conflict.
The media today are reporting on the three hour cease fire either saying that Prime Minister Kandil is showing support for Hamas or that he is trying to broker a ceasefire. We wonder if it is possible to do both? Probably not.
Phone lines between London and Washington, Washington and Israel and more will have been on fire late into last night. It is in all our interests that War is averted. That should not be at the expense of either the Israelis nor the Palestinian people. Both deserve the right to exist and to live in peace.
Reuters has reported that in the last two days, "Israeli air strikes have killed 19 Palestinians, including seven militants and 12 civilians, among them six children and a pregnant woman. A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis in the town of Kiryat Malachi on Thursday morning." Israel were the first to attack when they assassinated a Hamas militant leader. They did not stop there though and went on to bomb areas of Gaza killing civilians.