We demand an end to the Israeli military assault on Gaza. The only long term solution is to negotiate for peace and a lasting settlement that creates two viable states. Yet the Israeli action in Gaza is clearly counterproductive to the prospects for peace. The population of Gaza is already suffering grievously from the long-running Israeli blockade and siege, which has accelerated Gaza’s decline into even greater hunger and poverty. Against this background, casualties among the civilian population only serve to make people more angry and sow the seeds for further violence.
As a prospective MEP, I condemn Israel’s killings in Gaza (as well as the Hamas rocket attacks). Let us in 2009 start the slow and painful process of moving beyond the use of violence as a way of ‘settling’ international disputes.