Ed Miliband on Gaza: “a full scale ground invasion would be a disaster”

19th November, 2012 3:19 pm

Ed Miliband has released the following statement on events in the Middle East:

“The deaths in Gaza and Israel are horrifying. It is a very dangerous moment not just for Israel and the Palestinians but for the region. A halt to violence on both sides is now absolutely critical.

“A full scale ground invasion would be a disaster for the peoples of both Gaza and Israel. It would damage profoundly hopes for peace and security and could lead to another humanitarian crisis.

“Both sides, regional players and the international community – including the UK Government – share a profound moral duty to do everything possible to prevent such a catastrophic development. Every effort must be made through the United Nations, the Quartet, The Arab League and the wider international community to reverse decisively the unfolding dynamic of events. Time is now very short to avert another catastrophe.”

  • NT86

    A really fair and well-balanced statement by Ed Miliband. I just wish more people approached the conflict in this way. Too many fail to recognise the sheer complexity of the situation and are too obsessed with ideology over fact. When all’s said an done, innocent civilians on both sides pay the ultimate price.

  • Brumanuensis

    I think this is about as good a statement as Ed could make under the circumstances. Unfortunately the catastrophe is imminent.

  • Beryl Oldroyd

    I don’t often disagree with Ed, but the word catastrophe seems the understatement of the year. It would be yet another war crime committed by the strong against the poor and innocent.

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