Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Situation in Gaza

Delivered in Plenary - 21st November 2012

The key difference, of course, is that Israel does not indiscriminately target civilians like Hamas and the Islamic Jihad do when they launch rockets towards cities as far afield as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

The Israelis attempt to destroy military targets. Of course it is tragic that any innocent child, woman, civilian or whoever is killed in this bombardment. But the objective is not to kill civilians; it is to eliminate the rocket launchers and the Hamas terrorists behind them. It is not an attack on the people. It is an attack on the military infrastructure of Gaza.