With the Israeli airstrikes entering sixth day, hopes are bleak and there seems to be no truce or ceasefire in sight. Death toll in Gaza is reaching a hundred which mainly include children and women. UN leader Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and Hamas to work with Egypt in brokering a peace deal to reach a ceasefire.
Israel, on the other hand, is geared and prepared to continue its atrocities to send the people of Gaza back to the Middle Ages.
According to analysts the ongoing Israeli strikes on Gaza can play an important role in sealing Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory in the upcoming elections in January 2013.
However, apart from all this, what is even more appalling is the fact that like every other time the response of world leaders towards this barbaric act is either mute or lukewarm.
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Out of all Muslim countries it was Egypt’s Islamic-led government that issued the sharpest rebuke, by recalling its ambassador from Tel Aviv a few hours after the first Israeli strike, which killed Hamas military wing commander Ahmed Jabari.
Jordan, the country in the region that has a peace treaty with Israel, also condemned the Gaza assault, with a spokesman warning that it would ‘drag the region into the cycle of violence and instability again.’ Turkey’s response to the situation has perhaps been the biggest surprise. Unlike the criticism against Israel back in 2008-2009, Turkey does not even appear interested in attending the Arab League meeting on Gaza. According to a tweet made by Middle East expert, Marc Lynch,
Or... RT @repent11: Turkey's Erdogan NOT attending Arab League meeting on Gaza today. He is meeting Dr. Nabil Al Araby at 1pm— Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) November 17, 2012
Saudi Arabia, as always failed to show even the slightest spine against Israel, other than the traditional rhetoric condemnation of the attack. Nevertheless, it was President Obama’s remarks during his visit to Thailand that came as a surprise to many.
He said that US is ‘fully supportive of Israel's right to defend itself.’ ‘Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory.’
Harping on a similar tune British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Hamas, Gaza’s militant rulers, ‘bears prime responsibility’ for the violence and must stop all rocket attacks on Israel. Both countries while making an attempts for a peace deal have little piece of advice for Israel and its ministers who are ready to destroy all infrastructure in Gaza.