Certainly without their US funded Iron Dome missiles would land in Israel and cause real damage but that does not happen. Instead an occasional rogue missile causes some damage while Gaza and its people face annihilation.
Hammond also met with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority and the State of Palestine's unofficial president, in Ramallah.
Perhaps behind closed doors Hammond will use stronger language talking to Netanyahu but to the world's media he appeared to show a united front with Israel. He did however say the UK was gravely concerned at the level of bombing.
Well not in my name please. As a Briton I am once again appalled at our government's hypocritical stance and deplorable foreign policy. How can any sane person watch the scenes of death and destruction in Gaza and not be moved; feel angry and even outrage. Shocking crimes against humanity play out minute by minute but as Israel still has the support of the USA the war crimes are ignored.
Hammond reiterated that the UK wants a ceasefire but once again he laid the blame at Hamas and Gaza for not simply rolling over, playing dead and giving in to the might of Israel.
Netanyahu and his officials have said that in the event of a humanitarian truce they will continue to seek out and destroy the tunnels, confirming that mission will not be accomplished in a day or two.
No Israel's 'final solution' for the people of Gaza will take a little longer.
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And of course as the tunnels are bombarded the people of Gaza will suffer. With Israel reportedly giving warnings for residents to leave areas, and then bombing the places they were advised to evacuate to, Israel has war crimes to answer.
Hamas has also applied conditions to any would be ceasefire or truce and it is this - remove the eight-year blockade of Gaza. That seems a fair request.
John Kerry, Secretary of State, for the USA has also visited the region this week. However all of this costly toing and froing by Western leaders and their ministers is meaningless if Israel continues to receive support for its Gaza massacre.
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