14 July 2014
The Socialist International, deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Gaza and the increasing civilian death toll, urges both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to immediately de-escalate the crisis, to restore calm and re-establish the ceasefire of November 2012, as called for by the Security Council of the United Nations on 12 July.
The respect for humanitarian law, and in particular the protection of civilians, is fundamental, as the loss of life and the suffering that the world has witnessed in the past days is totally unacceptable.
As the Socialist International has stated on numerous occasions, lasting peace and stability in the region will only be possible through the existence of a Palestinian state living side by side with the State of Israel, both within mutually recognised and respected borders.
The launching of rockets from Gaza, where the people are forced to live in unbearable conditions, into Israel and the devastating bombing of the city of Gaza by the Israeli army are utterly deplorable. These attacks only serve to extend the suffering and loss of life, they lead to more violence, and make peace more distant.
The urgent resumption of negotiations to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict cannot be postponed any longer. It is the only way forward and in this regard the international community has a special responsibility.