Large Gush Shalom ad published in Haaretz, December 30, 2008

 

CEASE FIRE NOW!

 

This war is inhuman, superfluous and harmful. Nothing good for Israel will come out of it!

 

The killing of hundreds of Palestinians and the destruction of the infrastructure of life in the Gaza Strip are abominable acts. Those who hope to reap electoral profits from them are greatly mistaken.

 

A ground invasion will cause even greater harm, destroy what is left in Gaza and cause many casualties Israelis and Palestinians, soldiers and civilians.

 

If, after hard battles, the Israeli army will succeed in conquering the ruins of Gaza, the result will be, at most, to drive Hamas underground and to increase their influence both in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank.

 

The attack, which has already deepened the hatred, will

 

AROUSE the whole civilized world against us,

 

RAISE all over the region a new generation that will hate the State of Israel even more,

 

INCREASE the impact of Hamas,

 

UNDERMINE even more the status of peace-seeking Palestinians,

 

PREVENT Palestinian unity, without which there can be no peace.

 

 

On behalf of thousands of Israelis who have demonstrated in the streets of Tel-Aviv within hours after the start of the war, we demand:

 

-          To stop at once the attack on Gaza!

 

-          To propose - and to maintain - a cease-fire that will include the end off all violent actions by both sides, a real opening of the border crossings and the termination of the blockade against the population of the Gaza Strip.

 

-          To start a dialogue with Hamas. Hamas is an integral part of Palestinian society and the Palestinian political system. Without their participation, all negotiations and agreements are meaningless.

 

Gush Shalom