Gordon Brown and other European leaders have called for a ceasefire in Gaza. This contrasts with the fervent backing that the dying US administration of George Bush has given to Israel’s invasion.
Yet the gap between the British and US approaches is, in reality, not so great.
Brown responded to the attacks by saying, “I understand the Israeli government’s sense of obligation to its population.”
The British government targets Hamas as part of the ongoing “war on terror”. Last month Brown described “a line of terror” running through the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan, via Europe to Britain.
On Saturday of last week, British diplomats voted with the US to block a statement by the United Nations Security Council calling for an immediate ceasefire.
The same diplomats reported they had been instructed to act in concert with their US colleagues. Brown’s rhetoric about a ceasefire fell away as Britain once more backed the US.