BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday called on the Arab world to take quick action to stop the Israeli offensive on Gaza, adding that Israel was “persistent in committing the most brutal attacks against the Gaza strip, which is steadfast in the face of all practices of siege, oppression and starvation.”
“[I] call on the sisterly and friendly Arab state to swiftly stop the aggression on the Palestinian people,” Hariri said in a statement.
He denounced the offensive and called on the international community to do all it can to prevent the attack against the Palestinians, warning that silence only encouraged its continuation.
"Isn’t it enough that Israel is doing its best to disrupt all efforts to revitalize peace negotiations, which would give the Palestinians their right in having an independent state?"
"While we strongly condemn this aggression, we ask the international community to stop Israel's actions against Gaza and the Palestinian people and we warn against the continuous [international] silence, which not only encourages such attacks but also justifies excuses for the presence of extremist and chaotic reactions."
At least 43 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in the most serious of hostilities between Israel and Hamas since 2012. The conflict began three weeks ago with rocket attacks following the abduction and killing of three Jewish seminary students in the occupied West Bank and the retaliatory killing of a Palestinian teenager.
While rockets from Israel strike the Hamas-dominated enclave every few minutes, militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland.