British PM under scrutiny as government divides over Gaza
British Prime Minister David Cameron has come under fresh pressure over his stance toward Israel’s aggression against the Palestinians living in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg called for the suspension of arms export licenses to Israel, saying that Tel Aviv had “overstepped the mark” in its deadly attacks on Gaza.
Clegg added that he had been working to get the suspension finalized along with his Liberal Democrats colleague and Business Secretary Vince Cable.
Cable said they had not yet managed to reach an agreement with Tory coalition partners. An announcement on the matter is expected be made shortly.
According to an unnamed Downing Street spokesman, a review of export licenses to Israel was underway.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has also criticized the British premier for not being vocal about Israel’s atrocities.
Also, on Tuesday, Sayeeda Warsi, British Foreign Office minister and the first Muslim to sit in the UK cabinet, resigned over what she called the government’s “morally indefensible” policy on Gaza.
Following Warsi’s resignation, several Conservative MPs voiced concern over Israel’s attacks on Gazans.
Tel Aviv’s onslaught against the coastal enclave has drawn widespread international condemnation. Israeli forces have killed about 1,900 people, including some 400 children, and have injured over 9,500 others since July 8.
A three-day truce that took effect at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) on August 5 is currently in place.
The Israeli attacks on Gaza’s population of over 1.8 million have worsened the already dire humanitarian situation in the blockaded coastal enclave.