From The Agonist
Israel was facing demands for war crimes investigations as it declared a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza last night after a 22-day assault in which more than 1,200 Palestinians, a third of them children, were killed and 13 Israelis died.
Two children were killed yesterday when Israeli tanks shelled a UN school in which families were sheltering, leading a UN spokesman, Chris Gunness, to say: “There has to be an investigation to determine whether a war crime has been committed.” The call was dismissed by an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor, who said: “These claims of war crimes are not supported by the slightest piece of evidence.” But among numerous allegations of disproportionate use of force, questions are also multiplying about the use of unconventional weapons by Israel, including a new type of bomb that causes injuries that doctors have not seen before, and which they find impossible to treat.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, claimed in a televised address last night that the military operation had “fully attained” its goals, “and beyond”. Israel had declared the ceasefire in response to an appeal from the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, but troops would remain for now in Gaza, and Hamas would be “surprised again” if it attacked.
What did Israel gain, what did they lose? ~ Tina