The following is a transcript of part of a fascinating interview by RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze with Chas W. Freeman, former US Ambassador and Defence Secretary. This section is about Operation Pillar of Cloud: The recent onslaught on the Gaza Strip.
“(S.Sh.) But Israel invokes its right to defend itself against terrorism. And this is a claim backed by countries such as the United States and Germany. You certainly don’t deny Israel this right, do you?
“(Freeman) Certainly not. But that doesn’t mean you can take preëmptive action to attack others, especially civilians. The fact that one side commits occasional acts of terrorism doesn’t justify state terrorism. And in this case there was no rocket fire of any consequence from the Gaza Strip into Israel prior to Israel’s inauguration of the military raid that killed the military leader of Hamas.”
Contrast this with William Hague‘s assertion in the first statement he made to the House of Commons about Operation Pillar of Cloud on 20th November: “On 14 November, the Israeli defence forces began air strikes against the Gaza strip in response to a sharp increase in rocket fire.” A position from which he has not deviated in any of his later statements about the conflict.
You can hear the interview with Mr Freeman if you click here: http://rt.com/news/killing-palestinians-freeman-diplomat-617/