BBC's Ben Brown Singles Out Hamas as Preventing a Truce
|BBC News - 18 November 2012||
Reporting from southern Israel, the BBC's Ben Brown comments that: 'Despite that hope, that possibility of a truce, a ceasefire certainly doesn't seem to have been responded to by the militants in Gaza. The Israeli government have been saying if there were a cessation of hostilities, if the rockets stopped coming in then there would be a chance of a truce happening'.
This on the day on which the 'death toll mounts', amid the 'most intense assault' on Gaza since the Israeli invasion of 2008, and as '[a]t least 21 people are reported to have been killed in Gaza by Israeli bombardments so far on Sunday. Of the total, at least nine were children and at least four were women' (BBC).
Brown's implication that the Palestinians stand in the way of a ‘truce’ is also made despite Benjamin Netanyahu having today stated that ‘the Israel Defense Forces are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation’. This, however, does not receive mention in Brown's report.
The video clip from which this audio is taken is being repeated every 10 minutes on BBC 'Gaza-Israel violence' News on Sunday 18th November.
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