The United Nations has predictably accused Israel of a ‘disproportionate response‘ but also of breaking the international rules of war. Apparently Israel is culpable because it is punishing the entire population for the actions of a few.
Yes, technically true (although the population of Gaza is wildly anti-Israel, much more so than, say, the German population was anti-English in 1939) but the act of declaring war is not usually decided by a national referendum but by the ruling party.
Israel is being surprisingly direct in its words and actions; ‘Israel is in all-out war with Hamas‘, said Defence Minister, Ehud Barak.
Most of the usual suspects are demanding Israel cease fire in Gaza, but support for its actions is coming from some unexpected places. Deputy PM, Julia Gillard is clear that Hamas is to blame. So is Egypt.
Obama’s not sure.
These are the International Rules of War.