Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday at the United Nations that Israel was guilty of war crimes in Gaza and even “genocide.”
Israel on the one side and Hamas and Islamic Jihad on the other have announced an open-ended cease-fire brokered by Egypt, the terms of which are similar to those of 2012.
Hamas and Israel agreed to have a few additional days added on to their recent 72-hour truce after a "tense countdown" and some confusion on both ends Wednesday night.
“You are,” Dr. Hassan al-Zeyada says, “like a prison doctor treating a victim of torture, making the prisoner healthy to be interrogated and tortured again.”
Liberal politics in the broad sense, in the tradition of Locke, Voltaire, Madison, Jefferson and John Stuart Mill, is rooted in a conviction that vigorous debate clarifies issues and makes for better public policy over time.
It is legitimate for Israel to seek the disarming of Hamas, but it isn’t legitimate or legal in international law for it to hold noncombatants’ lives and welfare hostage in order to accomplish that goal.
According to a spokesman, the Israel Defense Forces are being "redeployed" to "defensive positions" at Gaza's border after a four-week operation that has left thousands of Palestinians dead, wounded and displaced.
The United Nations Security Council is theoretically a sort of sovereign in international law. One major exception to UNSC authority is Israel.
The United States as a great power is facing a large number of challenges in the Muslim world, and Israel’s Gaza campaign is endangering both American diplomacy there and the very security of the U.S.