al Jazeera – “UN Security Council Approves Ceasefire Resolution” – 08 Jan 09 (2:39):
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki told reporters he was “not happy” and had expected all 15 council members to vote for resolution. He said Palestinians are concerned that Israel will delay a cease-fire for several days and expand its attack to new targets in Gaza.
Israel “must immediately implement this resolution,” Malki said. “The moment that they do so, I believe that Hamas will do the same.”…
This is a weaker statement than Israel sought, and the U.S. would have liked. There is also no mention in the resolution of an “international observer force” proposed by the Arabs — and the word “Hamas” was dropped during the negotiations.
The resolution “condemns all violence and hostilities directed against civilians,” calls for “unimpeded” humanitarian access to Gaza, and welcomes the initiative to open “humanitarian corridors.” It urges international efforts to provide humanitarian aid and rebuild Gaza’s economy.
While the resolution was not drafted under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which is militarily enforceable, the Arab League’s Moussa said it is “legally binding.”
Without military enforcement or demands for Israeli troop withdrawal, Israel carried out at least 30 air strikes overnight.
With Gaza in shambles, the text does call for “‘the unimpeded provision and distribution throughout Gaza of humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment’ and welcomes initiatives aimed at ‘creating and opening humanitarian corridors and other mechanisms for the sustained delivery of humanitarian aid.'”
Iran’s supremo has banned “activists” from conducting independent attacks on Israel.
As Fmr. US Pres. Jimmy Carter states “that the devastating invasion of Gaza by Israel could easily have been avoided,” US Pres.-elect Obama’s team urges for clandestine diplomacy with Hamas.
At midnight Friday, according to Hamas’ interpretation of the Palestinian constitution, the tenure of Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinian Authority comes to an end.
The confrontation in the Gaza Strip has granted Israel the opportunity to decide whether Abbas will lose his legitimacy before some of his nation, or will secure continued Fatah rule in the West Bank.
But, this isn’t politically motivated terrorism from Israel, this is self-defense.