This day a year ago, the IDF was three-fifths (3/5) through its campaign in Gaza. Day #30 of 51 days. Of course, no one knew how long Operation Protective Edge would last.
There had been discussions of humanitarian ceasefires, but these were more Israeli PR opportunities designed to appease the world’s condemnation than negotiated ceasefires. In fact, Hamas learned about one of these so-called ceasefires on social media.
August 5, 2014 marked the beginning of a 72-hour ceasefire mediated by Egypt. 1,830 Palestinians were dead, most of them civilians. Israel had lost 64 soldiers and 3 civilians.
On this date, Sayeeda Hussain Warsi, Baroness Warsi, a British-Pakistani lawyer, politician and Senior Minister for the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, handed in her letter of resignation over her disagreement with the government’s policy on the Gaza conflict.
I admire her. I wish there had been some politicians in the United States Congress who had spoken so directly and honestly about the atrocities in Gaza.