India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj deserves applause for having rebutted the Opposition’s call for suspension of all military purchases from Israel and taking the issue of the ongoing Israeli action against Hamas in the Gaza Strip to the United Nations. She has rightly argued in the Upper House of India’s Parliament that the present conflict in Gaza could have been ended and peace restored by now if Hamas had accepted the ceasefire proposal from Egypt.

The approach of international actors, such as the United Nations, the United States, France and Russia, to solve the present Gaza Strip conflict is absolutely ludicrous. In this conflict they all seem to have apportioned equal blame to both Israel, the only developed democracy in the Middle East – and Hamas, a notorious terrorist organization with a charter based on the fanatic ideology of hatred and violence against vast sections of humanity, including women.


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