Israel issues impossible ultimatum to Red Cross

The problem in a nutshell: while Israel is dropping bombs on Gaza, the Red Cross cannot visit Israeli hostages held by Hamas, in accordance with Israel’s demand.

What do Benjamin Netanyahu and his cronies think they’re achieving with all these increasingly-bizarre demands of the rest of the world?

Are they seeing how much they can get away with before international authorities call an end to their nonsense?

The latest is an attempt to give orders to the International Committee of the Red Cross:

“The Red Cross has no right to exist if it does not succeed in visiting the hostages being held captive by the Hamas,” [Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli] Cohen said in a telephone conversation on Wednesday with ICRC director Miriana Spolijaric, according to a summary released by Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

“The Red Cross must act decisively and with a clear voice and utilize all leverage it has to push for a visit to the hostages as soon as possible,” Cohen said, according to the transcript, noting that “children, women and Holocaust survivors” are among the captives.

“The Red Cross’ reputation is at stake if it cannot secure a visit to those being held captive by Hamas,” he said.


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Red Cross spokesperson Alyona Synenko has pointed out that the Red Cross is making every effort to contact the 240 or so Israeli hostages who were taken by Hamas on October 7 – and would probably have succeeded by now…

… if Israel didn’t keep dropping bombs all over Gaza, all the time.

The spokesperson said:

“When the bombs continue to fall, it is also impossible for our teams to do their jobs.”

“For us it is a priority to get access and to visit all the hostages. The amount of suffering they endure is also unimaginable. We have been constantly calling on the Hamas authorities to give us access so that we can provide medicine, that we can give news to the families of the hostages.”

“We cannot do that unless we are given the needed humanitarian space and the access to be able to do our job,” Synenko said. “We cannot force our way through bombs. We just need all the parties to show goodwill and also to respect their obligation under the international humanitarian law.”

Open mouth, insert booted foot. Israel has again made itself look stupid by demanding something that cannot be achieved because of it’s own military actions.

Source: Israel issues ultimatum to Red Cross

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5 thoughts on “Israel issues impossible ultimatum to Red Cross

  1. graham poulloin

    Ethnic cleansing? Huge gas reserves have been found under Gaza, it must become part of Israel to take advantage of this Israel and Egypt have agreed to wells offshore from Gaza

  2. Hecuba

    Fascist Israeli ministers aren’t stupid rather they are as usual blaming others for their actions and accountability. Fascist dictator Netanyahu knows relatives of the Israeli hostages demand action so blaming the Red Cross serves to deflect accountability away from Netanyahu!

    Supporters of the fascist Israeli regime which includes carpet salesman Rishi Sunak and his cronies will blithely accept this latest Israeli lie because it suits their political agenda.

  3. Sanra Santelli

    Until there is real, true accurate reporting those who are decent will not read any of these reports. Many readers see the lies.

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