David Cameron Slams 'Barbaric' Rocket Fire
British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the barrage of rocket fire on Israel on Wednesday, during a meeting with President Shimon Peres.
"Let me absolutely clear about these attacks from Gaza, we condemn them completely," Cameron said. "There are three important points to bear in mind. First of all they are a reminder once again of the importance of maintain and securing Israel's future and the security threats you face and you have Britain's support in facing those security threats."
"The second is that these attacks are completely indiscriminate, aimed at civilian populations and that is a demonstration of how barbaric they are," he continued.
"The third point is that we must be absolutely clear in the international community and all friends of Israel and the Palestinian people as well that there is no violent route to statehood and that statehood can only be achieved through dialogue and discussion and through agreement between the Israeli and the Palestinian people."
President Shimon Peres also condemned the attack, and opined that the development made a peace deal that much more crucial, in his eyes, between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
"It’s a very severe attack," Peres noted. "Over 50 missiles were fired against a civilian population."
"The people in Gaza have to choose its either peace or violence. We cannot behave as though nothing happened and I'm sure the government will take the necessary steps to stop it," he continued. "Hamas must understand that you can't have it both ways, we shall not accept Gaza as a center of terror, we cannot permit it. It's not just a matter of wounded or killed; it’s a million and a half people who won't have security or a night's sleep. We'd clearly like to have peace but we must stop the terror. We're not interested in raising the flames but we decided to stop the fire."
Over sixty rockets were fired into Israel on Wednesday, causing no injuries but causing thousands of Israelis in the Negev region to be herded into shelters. IDF tanks fired at two terror targets from the border following the rocket fire, but no further action has been taken yet.
Push for a Peace Deal
President Peres continued and said, "All of us, Arabs and Jews, we have a real option either to make a peaceful Middle East or to break the region. There are times when you don't have a choice but now we do and we made our choice, our choice is peace based on compromise, a two state solution."
"We must implement it, we cannot postpone," he emphasized. "Time is running out, decisions will be taken in the next few weeks. We have to act with energy and understand that a mistake will cost a terrible price. I know it's difficult but you have to make difficult decisions. The real majority in Israel would like peace, based on the two state solution."
Cameron agreed that the peace process, in his words, is a "real opportunity."
"I wanted to come to Israel to once again demonstrate my friendship and support for Israel, I wanted to come to build on the very strong bilateral relationship that we have that I think has been strengthened over these last few years," Cameron continued.
"We see that strengthening in trade and investment; we see that strengthening in scientific research and collaboration. We see that strengthening in high-tech investments taking place between Israeli and British companies."
"But I also wanted to come and demonstrate my strong support for the peace process. This is a time of real opportunity, an opportunity to have a two state solution and to make that work for the people of Israel and for the Palestinians."
"I think now is the moment when we need the leaders of Israel and the leaders of the Palestinian people to take bold steps and some risks to deliver that two state solution and you'll have the strongest possible support from Britain, from Europe and from all friends of Israel in taking those steps," he added.