– UN was right to speak out on the Gaza crisis, says UK Prime Minister (RT, Aug 4, 2014):
David Cameron has endorsed the United Nation’s recent criticism of an IDF attack on a UN-run school in Gaza, which culminated in ten casualties. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, condemned the assault as a “moral outrage” and “criminal act”.
Cameron failed to indicate if he wholly agreed with Ban Ki-moon’s condemnation of Israel’s recent strike, however, merely emphasizing that the event had brought about“an appalling loss of life,” and civilians should not be targets.
Reflecting on the IDF’s destruction of the school, the PM defended the UK government’s position on the Gaza crisis, stating the coalition had clearly called for “an immediate, comprehensive, humanitarian ceasefire.”
“We want this conflict to stop – and we obviously think that it’s an appalling loss of life,” Cameron said in an interview with the BBC. He added that the “fastest way to stop this conflict” would be if Hamas ceased firing rockets at Israel.
In response to Ban’s statement that the IDF’s strike was a “moral outrage,” Cameron backed the UN chief’s decision to speak out against the IDF’s actions, but was unwilling to directly confirm whether he believed the Israeli military had broken International Law.
“I think the UN is right to speak out in the way that it has because international law is very clear that there mustn’t be the targeting of civilians or the targeting of schools, if that’s what’s happened,” he said.