Press TV 
Tuesday, Dec 30, 2008
When asked about possible peace in the future, Israel’s envoy, Gabriela Shalev, told CNN on Monday, “Don’t even speak about peace at this moment.”
“The hope is that Hamas will understand finally that Israel has the right to defend itself and the duty to protect its citizens,” Shalev said without mentioning the hundreds of civilian Palestinians that were killed in Israel’s ‘blind raids’ on civilian infrastructures in the impoverished strip.
Meanwhile, Palestinian peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi said that she does not accept Israel’s argument that it is acting in self-defense.
“Israel is an occupying power,” Ashwari said in another interview with CNN on Monday.
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“In Gaza, they’ve been under siege for months now, deprived of the most basic needs. … And now Israel has decided that if the victims do not lie down and die quietly, it’s going to shell them relentlessly from the air,” she added.
“In order for the violence to stop, Hamas must stop firing rockets into Israel and agree to respect a sustainable and durable ceasefire,” White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said earlier.
Palestinian resistance fighters in the Gaza Strip say they fire rockets into Israel in retaliation for the daily Israeli attacks against them. Unlike the state-of-the-art Israeli weapons and ammunition such as F-16 fighter jets that have killed hundreds, the homemade Qassam rockets rarely cause casualties.