Human rights groups challenged Israel's reduction of fuel supplies to Gaza and its intention to cut back on electricity, and Palestinians warned the measures could lead to a humanitarian crisis.
The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday gave the state five days to respond to the appeal from human rights groups for an injunction to halt the energy cutbacks, said Sari Bashi of Gisha, one of the 10 groups that filed the petition.
I wonder if the same groups have petitioned the Supreme Court on behalf of Sderot?
Palestinians said Israel cut fuel supplies by 30 percent on Sunday, though defense officials said the cut was only about 11 percent. Israel hopes the move will pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers to halt near-daily rocket attacks by militants against Israeli towns.
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Israel's infrastructure minister, said Monday that the cutbacks were a final attempt to avoid a military operation that would cause scores of civilian casualties.
"What's the alternative? The alternative is that tomorrow or the next day we'll be forced to bring three or four divisions and go into Gaza," Ben-Eliezer said in an interview on Israel Radio. "What will the results be then?"
"There's nothing we haven't tried," he said.
So Israel's restricting fuel instead of invading. If Israel invaded do you think these "human rights" groups would approve? Or would they be out protesting the indiscriminate Israeli use of force? (And ignore the Palestinian indiscriminate use of force.)
My Right Word brings historical parallels from World War II and asks:
Don't Israel's citizens have rights, too?
Judeopundit looks at the economic implications of the fuel cutoff. (satire)
Crossposted at Yourish.Posted by SoccerDad at October 30, 2007 6:24 AM