Partners for Progressive Israel calls upon Israel to adhere to the ceasefire agreement in place beginning August 5 at 8:00 a.m. While we recognize that the first step is to stop the violence, a lasting resolution to the conflict can only be achieved with renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
From the beginning, we have strongly opposed Israel's decision to bomb Gaza and to invade Gaza on the ground. We, also, condemn Hamas's incessant assault and refusal to comply with previous ceasefire agreements. Despite Israel's efforts to prevent civilian deaths in Gaza, the vast majority of casualties have, in fact, been civilian. This has been seriously damaging to Israel's moral standing in the international community. The slaughter in Gaza negates Israel's policy to prevent this outcome; we saw similar failures in operations Cast Lead and Pillar of Defense. Israel's tactics of dropping leaflets and 'knocking on the roof' prior to aerial strikes have not significantly reduced the massive numbers of deaths and injuries and cannot justify the civilian suffering that has ensued.