The United States has blocked a U.N. Security Council call for an immediate cease-fire in Israel’s weeklong offensive in Gaza against Hamas.
“The draft press statement failed to address the root cause of the current escalation — the continuing barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza against Israel,” the spokeswoman for the U.S. Mission to the U.N., Erin Pelton, said in a statement.
“We made clear that we would measure any action by the Security Council based on whether it supported the ongoing diplomacy toward de-escalation of violence and a durable outcome that ends the rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns and restores a broader calm,” Pelton said. “By failing to call for the immediate and permanent halt to rocket launches from Gaza into Israel, this press statement failed to contribute constructively to those goals. As such, we could not agree to this statement, which was counter-productive and unacceptable.”
This is the “lesser evil” so many told me I should support.
Earlier today, Sean Paul tweeted a comparison of the damage a Hamas rocket causes compared with a single Israeli airstrike. Surely the priority is to stop the bloodshed, not to recycle Israel’s propaganda – especially since Israel seems to have started this particular episode of increased bloodshed then moved directly to disproportionate collective punishment.
Total number of Israelis killed by rocket, mortar or anti-tank fire from Gaza since 2006: 47 (Source: Wikipedia. This is disputed; another source says 26)
Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire from April 1st 2006 to July 21st 2012: 2,879 (Source: United Nations)
Number of people killed in traffic accidents in Israel in 2011: 384 (Source: Wikipedia)