Pugwash Forum on Gaza

Pugwash Forum provides a virtual space to show a variety of perspectives from Pugwashites.  As is Pugwash tradition – the views expressed here are those of the authors, in their individual capacities, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Pugwash.

Beyond Bombs, Rockets and Rhetoric: What Is the Endgame for Gaza?   Reasoned debate about the future of Gaza and indeed the broader related questions about the future of Palestine is lacking.  Taghreed El-Khodary, Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, and Sandra Ionno Butcher highlight seven steps that need to be taken to begin to find a solution that can lead to a more lasting and sustainable peace.  Published in The National Interest, 31 July 2014.

Conflict in Gaza – Husam Zomlot, Fatah Commission for International Affairs, is interviewed on 22 July 2014 by CCTV’s Nathan King.  Zomlot says that “the mayhem, the murder, the agony” in Gaza is the symptom. Denial of Palestinian rights is the root cause. CCTV, 22 July 2014 (video – 10 minutes)

Talk with Hamas – Efraim Halevy, former head of the Mossad and former head of Israel’s National Security Council called for negotiations with Hamas in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, 15 July 2014. “There are worse options than Hamas.” He also refers to the “constructive ambiguity” of the unity government. CNN, Amanpour, 15 July 2014