Time's short so I have cropped out the rhetoric and just present a summary of facts:
"[...]on the Israeli website, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website[:]
- Israel broke the ceasefire by going into the Gaza and killing six or seven Palestinian militants. At that point—quoting the official Israeli website—Hamas retaliated or, in retaliation for the Israeli attack, then launched the missiles."
- According to Ha’aretz, Defense Minister Barak began plans for this invasion before the ceasefire even began. In fact, according to yesterday’s Ha’aretz, the plans for the invasion began in March.
Israel doesn’t want Gaza to develop, and Israel doesn’t want to resolve diplomatically the conflict,
- both the leadership in Damascus and the leadership in the Gaza have repeatedly made statements they’re willing to settle the conflict in the June 1967 border.
Every year, the United Nations General Assembly votes on a resolution entitled “Peaceful Settlement of the Palestine Question.” And every year the vote is the same: it’s the whole world on one side; Israel, the United States and some South Sea atolls and Australia on the other side.
- The vote this past year was 164-to-7.
- Every year since 1989—in 1989, the vote was 151-to-3
- All twenty-two members of the Arab League, favoring a two-state settlement on the June 1967 border.
- The Palestinian Authority favoring that two-state settlement on the June 1967 border.
- Hamas favoring that two-state settlement on the June 1967 border.
- The one and only obstacle is Israel, backed by the United States. That’s the problem.
the record shows that Hamas wanted to continue the ceasefire, but only on condition that Israel eases the blockade.
- Long before Hamas began the retaliatory rocket attacks on Israel, Palestinians were facing a humanitarian crisis in Gaza because of the blockade.
- The former High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, described what was going on in Gaza [during the ceasefire] as a destruction of a civilization.
The record shows that in every crucial issue raised at
- Camp David,
- then under the Clinton parameters,
- and then in Taba,
The law is very clear.
July 2004, the highest judicial body in the world, the International Court of Justice, ruled
- Israel has no title to any of the West Bank and any of Gaza.
- They have no title to Jerusalem.
- Arab East Jerusalem, according to the highest judicial body in the world, is occupied Palestinian territory.
- the settlements, all the settlements in the West Bank, are illegal under international law.