British FM backs Israeli response to Gaza rockets

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband made a stop in the Negev town of Sderot a highlight of his visit to Israel this week, during which he largely supported Israel's range of limited responses to renewed Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza.

On Sunday, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Miliband when the two met in Jerusalem that "Israel cannot sit by and watch as its citizens are attacked."

Livni also said she expects Israel's friends in the international community to support Israel when it is forced to defend its citizens against terrorist aggression.

As he visited with residents in the rocket-battered town of Sderot a day later, Miliband indicated that he agreed wholeheartedly with Livni.

"I'm here today because Sderot has become the front line of Israel's security. It's very important that countries like mine and others show solidarity with the people of Sderot and that's what I am doing today," Miliband stated.

Later in the day Miliband traveled to the de facto Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah, where he seemed to bolster Palestinian justification for rocket and other terrorist attacks by criticizing Israel's failure to stop building homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Miliband said Britain remains firmly dedicated to solving the regional conflict by creating a Palestinian Arab state on those ancient Jewish lands.

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