Violence has gone on too long – we have lost all hope
Published 11/07/2014 | 02:30
In Gaza, history repeats. Day and night Israeli air strikes target the Gaza Strip. As Israel calls up reinforcements and assembles its armed forces across the border we sit, waiting for the next phase of the offensive.
Five weeks ago, I was full of hope. A new national unity government had been formed and it seemed that, for the first time in seven years Palestine would be united. We thought that with reconciliation – with Hamas removed from absolute power in the Gaza Strip – the closure might be lifted. But it did not happen. The closure remained and Israel prevented senior Palestinian Authority officials from entering Gaza.
It appears Israel has used the murder of three Israeli civilians as an excuse to destroy the new Palestinian unity government and to crack down on Hamas.