» 08/28/2014, 00.00
ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Netanyahu declares Gaza war a "victory” as criticism mounts in Israel
The Prime Minister hails the seven week conflict a success, because Hamas was "hit hard" and their requests have been denied. Analysts and members of the extreme right disavow government proclamations. No victory, tourism industry at its knees, risk of recession and reduced security.
(AsiaNews / Agencies) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the
seven-week war in Gaza ended with a "victory" both
politically and militarily. He was speaking yesterday during a
television interview, rejecting criticism - in particular from the
extreme right - that wanted a wider offensive in the Gaza Strip. The
head of the government also added that the Palestinian movement Hamas
- who in turn have claimed "victory" - was "hit hard"
and "saw none of their demands met" by Israel.
Yesterday, for the first time since
2007, a UN World Food Programme convoy entered Gaza, bringing enough
food to at least 150 thousand people for five days; fishing vessels
were allowed to take to the sea due to the partial easing of
restrictions. Thousands of Palestinians returned to their homes,
while the truce was held for the entire day and anti-missile systems
in Israel remained silent. There were no violations of the cease-fire
on either side.
Commenting on the agreement, Netanyahu
said nothing would be gained by pursuing "unrealisitic
objectives" and that "populism" had to be put aside.
The Gaza truce, however, does not satisfy a substantial part of the
Israeli public, which has criticized the Prime Minister for the high
costs of a war that did not end with a "clear victory" on
Writing in the daily newspaper Yedioth
Ahronoth, the analyst Shimon Shiffer demanded the resignation of
the prime minister; Ben Caspit of Maariv added that there is
no victory for Israel in a conflict that has devastated the tourism
industry, has pushed the economy to the brink of recession and has
not improved the security issue.
Netanyahu was even criticised by allies
of his government: first among these Uzi Landau, of the far-right
party Yisrael Beiten, who described the outcome of the war as "very
grim," because it was not a sufficient deterrent to rule out
other attacks in the future from Gaza.
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The Gaza border is under control, while Egypt is pushing Hamas and Abbas to dialogue
Cairo hopes to restore the Palestinian Authority as the guarantee of security in Gaza. But dialogue between Abbas and Meshal is still difficult. Human Rights Watch accuses Israel and the international community of creating a "humanitarian crisis" in the Gaza Strip.
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Tensions in Rafah, thousands of Palestinians surge over the Egyptian border
This morning armed men blew up a section of the border wall. People pored into Egypt in desperate search of food and fuel; the police did not intervene. For days Hamas had urged Cairo to open the border after the Israeli embargo.
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Gaza left in the dark by Israeli fuel embargo
Palestinians cry out against the cut in fuel supplies; Israel demands that rocket launches against Israeli cities are stopped. Candle-light processions a long the streets of Gaza.
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Gaza War: U.S. and Europe suspend flights to Tel Aviv
The flight ban lasts 24 to 36 hours. Fears of accidents similar to MH17 in Ukraine. For Israel, the suspension is a “prize” for Hamas. Michael Bloomberg on a flight to Tel Aviv. 637 Palestinians killed and more than 4 thousand wounded. Among Israelis, 29 soldiers killed, two civilians.
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Uncertainty over ceasefire between Hamas and Israel
The militant groups say it will end on December 19. But the majority of the people in Gaza are asking that it be continued.
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