Raketter ble avfyrt mot Tel Aviv igjen fredag. Denne utfordringen av Israel garanterer at vestlige ledere vil fortsette å støtte Israel. Den siste som gjør det er Angela Merkel.
“The federal chancellor calls on the Egyptian government to use its influence on Hamas to push it towards a moderation of the violence,” Merkel’s deputy spokesman Georg Streiter told reporters.
“There is no justification for firing rockets on Israel which are causing massive suffering to the Israeli population,” Streiter added.
Merkel has joined several other Western countries, including the US, in condemning the Palestinian group.
Igår uttrykte David Cameron seg på samme måte. Med raketter mot Tel Aviv sørger Hamas for at Netanyahu har ryggdekning til angrepene mot Gaza. Det må Hamas vite.
British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Thursday to say that he was “extremely concerned” by the violence in Gaza, AFP reports.
According to the report, Cameron affirmed that “Hamas bears the principal responsibility for the crisis” and added that “the rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by Hamas and other armed groups were completely unacceptable and that the increasing frequency of rocket attacks in recent days was the immediate cause of the situation.” He made clear that “Hamas bears the principal responsibility for crisis,” according to a spokesman for Cameron.
Selv EUs utenriksprimo, Catherine Ashton, støtter Israels rett til å forsvare seg.
“The rocket attacks by Hamas and other factions in Gaza which began
this current crisis are totally unacceptable for any government and must stop. Israel has the right to protect its population from these kinds of attacks. I urge Israel to ensure that its response is proportionate,” she said in a statement.
“I spoke with leaders in the region including PM Netanyahu and with the Egyptian President’s office and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. I stressed the need to prevent a further escalation and more loss of life. In my discussions I made the point that we must move forward in finding a solution to the Middle East conflict so that millions of people in the region can finally live in peace and security. I hope Egyptian Prime Minister Kandil in his visit to Gaza today will be able calm the situation.”