Daily VideoJuly 23, 2014
Some countries temporarily halt commercial flights to Israel
United States, Canadian and European airlines canceled flights to Israel today after the Hamas fired a rocket in Tel Aviv’s suburb. This was the closest strike to the Ben Gurion International Airport yet, which is located in the city of Tel Aviv.
In response, Western nations have temporarily canceled some of their flights to Israel for safety concerns, especially after the recently shot down Malaysian plane over Ukraine, a similarly turbulent area. However, the Israeli Transportation Ministry was critical of the decision, saying it would “hand terror a prize”.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon both spoke at a U.N. meeting earlier today about the current conflict.
Prime Minister Netanyahu believed an immediate ceasefire was not likely.
“[The Hamas] don’t want any state solution. In the face of such extremism, in the face of such violence, in the face of such terror, Israel has no option but to defend itself,” Netanyahu said.
Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon gave some advice on the issue.
“My message to Israelis and Palestinians is the same: Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict, so we are not back to the same situation in another six months or a year,” Moon said.
Egypt’s leaders and the Arab League have a cease-fire proposal which Israel and the U.S.support, but has been rejected by Hamas.
Warm up questions
- Where is Israel? Where is Tel Aviv?
- Are there other countries in the world that have two different groups of people clashing with one another?
- What does it mean to defend oneself or one’s country during war?
- Do you agree that temporarily canceling commercial flights to Israel was the best or safest thing to do? Defend your answer.
- There’s a saying that, ‘attack is the best form of defense’. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your answer.
- Why do you think most casualties have been civilians, despite efforts to prevent civilian deaths?
Think about a time when you had conflict or tension with another person (ie. a friend, someone at school, a sibling, a parent, etc.) What had to be done to solve the problem? Did the conflict eventually grow from the initial cause into other reasons too?
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