Gaza - 24 July blood on the floor of the UN school bombed in Beit Hanoun

Let it end: ceasefire without end of seige is useless

It really isn’t too much to ask. Palestine is a separate country, no many how many deranged people say it isn’t, or wish it wasn’t. And as a state, it is entitled to sovereignty and not be under the Jewish jackboot of oppression, occupation and siege. This is recognized worldwide, though the Americans for some reason insist on allowing its client state to violate all international laws and norms. This is ending.

26 July, 2014 PIC
Israeli aggression on Gaza declared 19 days ago has been the headline of most of the western newspapers.

In an article published in Daily Telegraph newspaper under the title of Unless Israel lifts its blockade of Gaza, no ceasefire can work, the writer stressed that freedom, jobs and a future for Palestinians in Gaza are the best insurance policy Israel can have.

The UK’s best-selling quality daily newspaper said that despite Hamas’s rejection to initial ceasefire, “this in no way excuses the Israeli aggression that has been heaped on this overpopulated, under-resourced strip of land.”

By lifting the blockade, Palestinians in Gaza can be allowed the economic life denied to them for decades, according to the newspaper.

“This conflict was futile and costly from the outset for all parties. Only a ceasefire that sees an end both to the fighting and the inhumane blockade will do justice to the huge losses it has entailed.”

The Guardian newspaper, in its turn, addressed the Israeli ongoing aggression by saying that there is no military solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “This is not a political conflict but a humane one, between two peoples who share the deep and seemingly irreconcilable conviction that they are entitled to the same small piece of land”.

“The only way out of this tragedy, the only way to avoid more tragedy and horror, is to take advantage of the hopelessness of the situation and force everybody to talk to one another. There is no point in Israel refusing to negotiate with Hamas or to acknowledge a unity government. No, Israel must listen to those Palestinians who are in a position to speak with one tongue”, according to the newspaper.

For its part, the New York Times newspaper commented on targeting UNRWA school during Israeli airstrike by saying that these days, even a school, clearly identified as a shelter run by the United Nations, cannot protect Palestinian civilians in Gaza from deadly attacks.

“Located in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, it was struck multiple times on Thursday as people who had taken refuge there were gathering in the courtyard and preparing to flee. At least 16 of them were killed, bringing the total death toll in 17 days of war to more than 750, a vast majority being Palestinian civilians”.

“There are competing charges over who carried out the attack, Israel; Hamas, which controls Gaza; or one of Hamas’s allies, and that could take time to sort out. What really matters now is that some way be found to stop this carnage.”

On the other hand, the Independent Newspaper pointed out that US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that targeting UNRWA school would undermine efforts to broker a ceasefire agreement.

In this regard, Israel’s security cabinet is scheduled to convene shortly to discuss John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal which would bring about a temporary truce and a start to negotiations.

Israeli media sources said Israel is expected to accept the proposal in case Hamas has taken a similar step.

Kerry has offered on Friday a two-stage outline for a truce in the Gaza Strip that would begin with a week-long ceasefire starting on Sunday, an American source told the New York Times.

As soon as the truce took effect, Palestinian and Israeli officials would begin negotiations on the principal economic, political and security concerns about Gaza, with other nations attending, the newspaper added.

According to the source who spoke to the New York Times, Kerry is offering a two pronged solution which begins on Sunday with a seven day hiatus in fighting.

However, Palestinian sources spoke to Al-Hayat and said Hamas had agreed, in principle, to a different ceasefire deal, according to which the humanitarian ceasefire will last for five days and begin on Saturday.

On Thursday evening, Kerry met here with Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, to coordinate strategy, New York Times revealed.

Israeli media sources said that in case Hamas refused the proposal, Israel would expand its military operation in Gaza.

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