Once more the BBC is attacking the Israeli government for invading Gaza and killing 100 Palestinians, only 90 of which were terrorists (or as the BBC prefers to call them, "militants"). The provocation for the Israeli invasion was rockets fired into Israel hitting Ashkelon some 20km into Israel.
As I remember when I was a very small boy Germany fired rockets at London and the British response was to firebomb Dresden.
The Geneva convention declares it a war crime to use civilians as human shields behind which to fire on an enemy in the hope of deterring the enemy from returning fire. Hamas are doing this in Gaza just as Hezbollah did in Lebanon. There sems to be no cry from the BBC that the war criminals in Gaza be brought to trial in the Hague.
The Geneva convention also states that it is not a war crime to kill civilians when retuirning fire on an enemy who uses human shields - or at least the crime is committed by those using thr human shields and not by those returning fire. Yet Edward Stourton this morning on the 'Today' programme spoke of Israel coming under universal condemnation for its action.
It is certainly possible to argue that it was wrong to establish a Jewish state in Palestine 60 years ago. It is a complex argument, but it does not deal in present day realities.
In some ways my position is similar to what it was over the Iran/Iraq war - a plague on both your houses. I have no interest in who wins the argument. I do not see the return of the Jews to Jerusalem as a fulfillment of prophesy as some American evangelicals do. If it involved the conversion of the Jews, I might be more impressed. Nevertheless, If I were living in the middle east I should prefer to live under the form of government present in Israel rather than the one in Palestine. I fail to understand why the BBC endorses a criminal government in Gaza over a democratic one in Israel.