"Such a circumstance is morally unendurable, and should be politically unacceptable. It needs to be actively opposed globally by every person, government, and institution of good will."
It's also true for every country Israel and Washington target. Western-generated conflict terrorizes Syrians. Full-scale war may erupt. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Gaza may be target practice for what's planned.
Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire calls Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud lip service for murdering defenseless civilians. Gaza is being lawlessly attacked again, she said.
When will it end, she asked? Israel's "right to defense" is code language for aggressive slaughter. Western leaders and media scoundrels ignore systematic state terror.
Military solutions aren't possible. Endless violence continues. Israelis, Palestinians and others for peace "can lead the way, by their own nonviolent movements, including the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns, to bring about real political change, and give peace a chance. We can all do something
For peace in the Middle East."
From Cairo, Hamas political head Khaled Meshal told reporters:
Israel must make the first move. It must halt bombing and shelling. "Whoever started the war must end it."
"This is a difficult, but magnificent moment in the history of the Palestinian problem, in our brave journey of resistance and combat, nobility, so deeply rooted in the Palestinian land."
"Whoever attacks Palestine will be buried by it. Anyone who invades our Arab nations will be defeated for generations."
"Netanyahu wanted to achieve several targets but has not succeeded. He succeeded in killing commander Ahmed Jabari but also wanted to damage the military wing's infrastructure, especially the long-range missiles."
"This enemy is trying its weapons and its Iron Dome in anticipation of other wars, and yet the limited weapons in Gaza embarrassed it and its army. How will it succeed in other wars? It has an army, true, but no patience or legitimacy."
Early Monday evening, a senior Egyptian official told Haaretz :
"We are very close to a cease-fire. What is needed is more flexibility on the Israeli side. Tomorrow will be a critical day in the talks."
Terms discussed weren't disclosed. Talks continue. Hamas knows the stakes. Now's the time to hold firm for equity and justice. Nothing less is morally right. Nothing less will work.