Friday, September 30, 2005

Britain Says Israel's Offensive Is "Appropriate"

From the Jerusalem Post, via Little Green Footballs:

Israel's response to the recent Kassam rocket attacks on Sderot has been measured and appropriate, Kim Howells, Britain's Minister of State for the Middle East, told The Jerusalem Post, disregarding Palestinian appeals for the world to rein in the IDF.

Howells, on a three-day visit to the region, hinted in an interview Wednesday night that financial aid to the Palestinian Authority might be withheld if the PA did not seriously begin tackling the terrorism in its midst.

"The Palestinians are receiving more aid per capita than any other people on the face of the earth, and we want to see some proper response," Howells said, hinting at a decrease of economic aid if the Palestinians don't fight terror.

"I thought the retaliation this week was proportionate," said Howells about the IDF operations. "The [Palestinian] attack was a very serious one, it could have killed a lot of people. It's a miracle really there weren't more casualties."

"I think there is no excuse now," he added. "Gaza is now in the hands of the Palestinian Authority, and there are no Israeli troops there. One hopes that where tough decisions have to be made, Abu Mazen [PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas] and the PA will make them."

At the same time, Howells said, the world would carefully watch how "selective" the IDF's retaliation would be. "I don't think that any nation on earth relishes the prospect of world opinion if it retaliates by shelling indiscriminately. But it seems to me that the Israelis have targeted with great care those it believes responsible for firing those rockets."

If this care continues, Howells said, "the world will understand [Israelis] are trying to defend their citizens, which after all is the primary responsibility of any government."

(Rubbing my eyes. Blinking. Trying to refocus. Rubbing my eyes again. Taking a drink of water. Trying to read again. Getting up and going to the bathroom. Coming back and trying to read again.)

No, it really does say that. Britain has really emerged from the REM stage and appears to be almost fully awake.

Of course, it's appropiate for a state to kill those who are responsible for attacking them. Sheesh, that's been my point all along here at CUANAS. If the governments of the world all stop picking on Israel and the Jews like this, I'll have lost my raison d' etre.

Hallelujah. I would love to stop writing this blog.