29 January 2009
by Henry Siegman
Henry Siegman, director of the US Middle East Project at the prestigious Council of Foreign Relations in New York, is a visiting research professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
He is a former national director of the American Jewish Congress and of the Synagogue Council of America.
Western governments and most of the Western media have accepted a number of Israeli claims justifying the military assault on Gaza: that Hamas consistently violated the six-month truce that Israel observed and then refused to extend it; that Israel therefore had no choice but to destroy Hamas's capacity to launch missiles into Israeli towns; that Hamas is a terrorist organisation, part of a global jihadi network; and that Israel has acted not only in its own defence but on behalf of an international struggle by Western democracies against this network.
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