Israel’s air raids on Gaza: Ed Davey speaks out

Via the main Liberal Democrat website comes Ed Davey’s views:

David Miliband may not be prepared to say it, but the Israeli reaction is utterly disproportionate.

From the standpoint of ordinary people in Gaza this is a full-scale attack, which is leaving women and children dead and thousands of innocent people suffering.

The rocket attacks by Hamas are totally unacceptable, but Israel ought to have learnt from its attack on Lebanon which only served to strengthen the cause of extremism.

If David Miliband does not realise this action is disproportionate then he must be the last person in Britain who thinks so.

With this massive attack, Israel is in serious danger of squandering the goodwill in the West.

Diplomatic strategy has been replaced by electorally-based military tactics. The past policy of restraint in the face of rocket attacks has been undermining the extremists of Hamas, but this switch to bombing is likely to plays into the hands of the men of violence.

Israel’s friends must be frank with a Government facing a close election that this is counterproductive. Fighting may win votes, but it may equally lose the peace.

With the US Presidency in transition, it’s vital that the EU gives stronger leadership to back up the United Nations Security Council.

Britain should today seek an emergency meeting of the EU’s foreign ministers, as a clear signal to Israel that this action could prove counterproductive internationally too.

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  • Good to see the Lib Dem spokesperson taking the correct line and at the same time rightly critising the Government for their stance on Israel’s actions

  • Matloob Ahmed 30th Dec '08 - 1:55am

    I think it is excellent to see the Lib Dems have chosen the correct and most fair line.
    Israel have for many years persecuted innocent Palestinians, yet us in the West turn our backs on the innocent and support the aggressive, so it is great to see that Ed Davey has spoken out agaist this.I feel that the UK need to apply pressure on the Knesset and stop this disproportionate use of force and push towards a permanent ceasefire

  • Let’s hope he does not say too much. Jenny Tonge was disgracefully treated when she spoke out on the issue.

    Not very liberal.

  • Muhammad Faisal Ishfaq 10th Jan '09 - 11:06am

    Dear All

    I am really happy that lib dem are thinking on the right line, i am astonished where is the conservative party and what their leaders are saying. I hope that this conflict end as soon as possible because already 800 innocent people have been killed and only 6 aggressors.

    I hail Lib dem for taking this stance and being the party that truly represent the british values.

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