Arab League chief Amr Mussa said on Sunday the organisation will ask the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza, which Israel has pounded with air strikes in response to rocket fire.
Mussa told an emergency meeting of Arab League ambassadors that "the Arab bloc in the United Nations has been directed to ask for the convention of the Security Council to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza and impose a no-fly zone."
Israeli and Palestinian officials were on Sunday floating a ceasefire to end fighting in the coastal strip where Israeli air strikes have killed at least 18 people since Thursday.
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of an even stronger response if more rockets are fired from the Palestinian territory controlled by the Islamist movement Hamas.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
It may be hard to remember, but the original green light for the US to get involved in the Libyan civil war was the Arab League's surprising call for a no-fly zone to protect the "rebels." (Of course, the League lived up to every possible stereotype about Middle Eastern reliability by promptly denouncing America once the bombs started to fall). Now, they're back seeking larger game: a no-fly zone over the Gaza Strip which is presently enduring Israeli air strikes. Gee, why would Israeli planes bomb Gaza?
A minor little detail that can be hard to find: the reason Israel is attacking Gaza is because Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel again. In fact, the first strike was aimed at a school bus, which luckily wasn't filled with children.
Israel is literally surrounded by barbarians who think nothing of killing children simply because they are Jews living in the Middle East. And the clowns in the Arab League with whom our diplomats have to deal with (often sympathetically) think nothing of calling for disingenuous "no-fly zones" to make the targeting of Israeli civilians that much easier. That's bad enough, but the fact that the United States has been working hand in glove with these moral midgets is appalling.