The failure to reach a concrete plan to stop the conflict at Rome is being interpreted by Israel as consent by the international community to continue its offensive!
"We received yesterday at the Rome conference permission from the world... to continue the operation," Justice Minister Haim Ramon said.Shocking...
FROM: Joschka Fischer, ‘Van oorlog tot vrede’ [From war to peace], p80-81, 29 July 2006, Vrij Nederland
Meanwhile, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer argues that the current crisis in the
“The current war in
Lebanonis not a war of Arabs against Israel, but much more a war of radicals which reject every reproach toward . In fact, it is about Hamas and the Islamic Jihad on the Palestinian side, Hezbollah in Israel Lebanonand further [about] Syriaand . This ‘rejection-front’ has sought escalation for three reasons. First of all, in order to go against the pressure from the Palestinian people on Hamas to recognise Iran . Second of all, to ground the democratisation process in Israel . And in the third instance, to force the continually escalating conflict about the Iranian nuclear programme to the background, and to show the West what they are capable of.” Lebanon
“[the rejection-front] has proved the return to a status quo in
impossible. The rejecters have made their hegemonial claims to power, by Lebanon especially, visible to the whole world.” Tehran
So more a desperate attempt for attention and to achieve selfish political ends (with all means necessary) than a self-justified end to struggle for the sake of the Palestinian people.
is not helping in its staunch (read murderous) retaliation campaigns: Israel
has a key function […]. The country has twice already pulled back to internationally recognised borders, namely from Israel Lebanonand , and twice the answer from over the border was the answer. Land for war, and not land for peace was the anwer. Israel’s right to exist is being threatened after all those years of peace talks, which were conducted on the basis of the pricinple of the two state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Peace with its Arabic neighbours appears further away than ever. The country is falling back to a strategy of military superiority.” Gaza
“On the other side of the destruction and misery, has the recognition of a new strategic threat [against
] not led to renewed reflection?” Israel
One side should bite their pride and stop this ‘eye for an eye’ skirmish before it descends into regional chaos. And
“Israel, at the moment, has only engaged itself in massive [a] deterrence [campaign], but it would be good to use the political possibilities of this war as well, and take the initiative from the position of power [it possesses]: with a comprehensive peace offer to all parties who are prepared to recognise Israel, not only in words, but also in deed, and who is sincerely prepared to refrain from violence.”