A 10-year old boy and his father were killed. They "were trying to fix a pipe on the roof of their home"."
Dozens of reports read like this. Everyone in Gaza is at risk. Israel made it a shooting gallery. Palestinians are as vulnerable as fish in a barrel. No one's sure who'll survive another day or perish. Israel doesn't care. Killing is done vengefully and for sport.
On November 20, Israel National News headlined "Report: Cabinet Meets on Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal," saying:
Discussions convened late Monday night. No details were provided. Israel gave Hamas a 36-hour ultimatum.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's rhetoric belies his policy. He's done nothing for beleaguered Gazans. UN Human Rights Council policy shows what side it supports.
Through her spokesperson, Rupert Colville, High Commissioner Navi Pillay contemptuously said:
She's following the unfolding situation in Gaza and southern Israel "with considerable alarm."
"She is appalled that once again civilians are losing their lives, including three Israeli citizens killed in their apartment by one of the hundreds of rockets fired over the past week, as well as several Palestinian children, including a baby, and also a pregnant woman and some other civilians killed in Gaza."
She equated three Israeli deaths and a handful of injuries with hundreds of affected Palestinians. The great majority are civilians. Most are women and children.
She ignored the appalling reality on the ground. She said nothing about Israeli responsibility or the right of Palestinians to defend themselves against naked aggression.
She shamed herself. She shows who she supports and opposes. She embarrassed herself further through her spokesman, saying:
"The High Commissioner has repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, and is deeply concerned both by the recent major upsurge in the number of rocket attacks, and that they are now being aimed at a major city, such as Tel Aviv."
Self-defense is legitimate. Pillay knows it. She condemns what she should support. She failed to point fingers the right way. She mocks human rights. She disgraces the position she holds.
US media say three Navy amphibious warships were ordered to the Eastern Mediterranean. On board are 2,500 marines. They're positioned near Israel's coast. If needed, they'll evacuate US citizens.
If it occurs, it'll be a first. Marines would come ashore to help. Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) said positioning three US warships suggests Washington isn't sure truce talks will succeed.