Israel-Gaza conflict: EU pushes for ceasefire but ordinary Israelis back Benjamin Netanyahu and want bombardment to continue

US Secretary of State John Kerry has offered help to secure a Gaza truce

Jerusalem

With the current operation's death toll in Gaza reaching 169, mostly civilians, according to the Gaza health ministry, international pressure is beginning to mount on Israel to move towards a ceasefire. The EU said on Monday that it was in contact with “all parties in the region” to press for an immediate halt to the hostilities a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry offered help to secure a Gaza truce, Reuters reported.

But judging from a random sample of Israelis at a falafel restaurant and an ice cream parlour in the middle class Beit Hakerem neighbourhood of Jerusalem, Israelis are ready to keep going and are worried that if the army stops now, without Hamas decisively defeated, the rocket problem will resurface soon.

“We can't stop now or the same thing will happen again a year from now,” said Adi Eliav, a 49-year old building contractor between bites of falafel. Near him a television flashed on the screen the latest news of Hamas rocket attacks - “eight year old boy lightly wounded in Ashdod” “Rockets against Ashkelon, Gan Yavne and Lachish” and “Interceptions in Ashdod.”

“We can stop when we've eliminated all their stores of rockets and hurt them in a way that it will be hard for them to come back. We're not there,” Mr Eliav said. But asked whether he favours a ground incursion into Gaza, as right-wing politicians are advocating, he concedes: “I'm hesitant. My hesitation is that I don't want Israel Defence Force soldiers to be harmed. So I think it's best to continue [bombardments] from the air. I don't think these bombardments should be escalated though, we should be careful not to harm civilians.”

 

Mr Eliav credits Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with managing the war effort well. “I'm not usually among his fans, but he's been reasonable, he's showing restraint. He did not decide on a ground operation.”

READ MORE: Three Israelis admit burning teenager to death
Middle East debate is more about fashion for revolutionary tourism than real politics
Frankfurt police let anti-Israel protesters use their megaphone

Ofer Shemtov, 28, who buys and sells real estate, said that “going towards a ceasefire now means accepting that this will happen again and that Hamas will improve its capability.”

“I'm sure there will be international pressure [to stop] but the government has to stand against this pressure,” he said.

“As sad as it is, there is no solution,” he added. “This is because the nature of this war is that it's not over territory, but rather that they want to finish us off.”

A protestor holding a portrait of Mohammed Abu Khder, a 16yr old Palestinian from east Jerusalem who was kidnapped and killed in a suspected revenge attack A protestor holding a portrait of Mohammed Abu Khder, a 16yr old Palestinian from east Jerusalem who was kidnapped and killed in a suspected revenge attack (AFP)

Yaacov Levy, a retired bus driver, said: “I'm willing to stop on one condition and that is that the leading countries in the world take out all the missiles from Gaza. I'm sure that if they stop now, it will happen again,” he said.

“They should go to a ground operation only if they are willing to take it all the way and take out all of Hamas's weaponry,” he added.

Asked about Mr Netanyahu's performance, Mr. Levy said: “I'm very satisfied. He is making decisions from his head, not from his [heart]. He will do what is necessary, but at the right time.”

But Tamar Paikes, an artist, said: “Netanyahu is always blaming and never taking responsibility for anything.”

“We should go to a ceasefire because using force didn't lead us anywhere. It's like a violent family that just deteriorates to more violence.” she added.

READ MORE: Video explains Israeli ‘knock on roof’ missile warning
Israeli air strike destroys home for the disabled
Netanyahu blames Hamas for civilian casualties in Gaza

Hamas leaders have said a ceasefire must include the release of prisoners arrested in Israel’s West Bank sweeps, an end to Israel’s Gaza blockade and a return to a 2012 truce agreement. Hamas wants Egypt to ease restrictions at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

Hamas kept up its rocket barrage on Monday and also sent a drone into Israel that was shot down by a Patriot missile, the army said, adding that it was checking whether the drone carried explosives.

Hamas said its armed wing had sent several locally-made drones to carry out ''special missions'' deep inside Israel, Reuters reported.

Two rockets fired from Gaza were reportedly intercepted over the Tel Aviv area late on Monday after a lull during the morning. Ninety rockets were fired at Israel during the day, bringing the total since the start of the war to 1,050, an army spokeswoman said The airforce mounted a hundred strikes on targets in Gaza, she added.

News
A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi
people
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmA cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Arts and Entertainment
Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Lavinia, William Houston as Titus Andronicus and Dyfan Dwyfor as Lucius
theatreThe Shakespeare play that proved too much for more than 100 people
News
exclusivePunk icon Viv Albertine on Sid Vicious, complacent white men, and why free love led to rape
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebookA powerful collection of reportage on Egypt’s cycle of awakening and relapse
Arts and Entertainment
Stir crazy: Noel Fielding in 'Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii'
comedyAs ‘Luxury Comedy’ returns, Noel Fielding on why mainstream success scares him and what the future holds for 'The Boosh'
Life and Style
Flow chart: Karl Landsteiner discovered blood types in 1900, yet scientists have still not come up with an explanation for their existence
lifeAll of us have one. Yet even now, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Arts and Entertainment
'Weird Al' Yankovic, or Alfred Matthew, at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival Screening of
musicHis latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do our experts think he’s missed out?
Sport
New Real Madrid signing James Rodríguez with club president Florentino Perez
sportColombian World Cup star completes £63m move to Spain
Travel
Hotel Tour d’Auvergne in Paris launches pay-what-you-want
travelIt seems fraught with financial risk, but the policy has its benefits
Arts and Entertainment
booksThe best children's books for this summer
Life and Style
News to me: family events were recorded in the personal columns
techFamily events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped that
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Sustainability Manager

Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Scheme Manager (BREEAM)...

Graduate Sustainability Professional

Flexible, depending on experience: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: T...

Programme Director - Conduct Risk - London

£850 - £950 per day: Orgtel: Programme Director - Conduct Risk - Banking - £85...

Project Coordinator/Order Entry, SC Clear

£100 - £110 per day: Orgtel: Project Coordinator/Order Entry Hampshire

Day In a Page

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn