Palestinian lawmaker: Gaza attacks ‘premeditated’

By David Edwards
Monday, December 29, 2008 9:38 EDT
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A Palestinian legislator told CNN’s John Roberts that Israel’s attack’s in Gaza were premeditated to coincide with a national election.

“This is a strike against a captive civillian population and this shows that Israel is playing politics with Palestinian lives in the middle of an elections campaign,” said Hanan Ashrawi. Ashrawi is a member of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s Third Way party.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations sees the strikes as a last resort after Hamas has refused to cease attacks on Israeli civillians. “The hope is that Hamas will understand finally that Israel has the right to defend itself and the duty to protect its citizens,” Gabriela Shalev told CNN’s Kiran Chetry.

This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast Dec. 29, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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