Israeli strikes continue Sunday on Gaza as Palestinians fire missiles into Israel. Obama won’t be drawn into the conflict, and international pressure on both sides is mounting. The U.S. and the U.N. say it’s up to Hamas to cease the violence.
According to NapaValley Register, Palestinians “breached the border fence with Egypt and hundreds poured across the frontier, prompting Egyptian guards to open fire, said officials and witnesses on both sides.”
The Guardian.UK reports that U.S. president-elect Barack Obama has refused to get drawn into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Obama has not given a hint as to his policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but finding a peace plan will be a priority in his administration.
When Obama visited Sderot in July he “unequivocally condemned the rocket attacks from Gaza on the Israeli town. “
"If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that," Obama said. "And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing."
While still vacationing in Hawaii, CNN reports that Obama’s senior adviser said that Barack Obama is monitoring the situation in Gaza closely, "the fact is that there is only one president at a time."
The U.N. Secretary General Bal-Ki-moon has issued an official statement. The U.N. Security Council calls for an immediate halt to hostilities.
"While recognizing Israel's security concerns regarding the continued firing of rockets from Gaza, he firmly reiterates Israel's obligation to uphold international humanitarian and human rights law and condemns excessive use of force leading to the killing and injuring of civilians. He condemns the ongoing rocket attacks by Palestinian militants and is deeply distressed that repeated calls on Hamas for these attacks to end have gone unheeded," a spokesman said. . .
The U.N. Security Council ended a four-hour emergency meeting Sunday with a call for an immediate halt to hostilities and a re-opening of border crossings to allow humanitarian supplies to reach Gaza.
Reuters reports that Arab protestors are demanding a response to Gaza. Popular Islamist movements are threatening other Arab nations friendly to the U.S. by claiming that they are “collaborators with the United States or Israel.
"America and the Zionists are the leaders of world terrorism," read a placard held by protesters at the U.N. headquarters in the Lebanese capital Beirut.
UPI reports that Sunday the Israeli government approved a draft of more than 6,000 military reservists for a ground offensive in Gaza.