Earlier today, Stephen Timms raised with the Prime minister the issue of the Israeli attacks in Gaza:

Stephen Timms (East Ham) (Lab): I agree with the Prime Minister about the need to stop the rockets from Gaza. However, does he not understand and, indeed, share the widespread revulsion at the apparent disregard for human life in the current military action in Gaza? Surely the Secretary-General of the United Nations is right that this action must now stop.

The Prime Minister: We all want the action to stop, and the best way for it to stop is for the rocket attacks to stop. For anyone watching this as a parent, you cannot help but feel huge, heartbreaking concern for the loss of life. But, as I just said, when there are ceasefires called by the Israelis, we have to ask ourselves, if Hamas cares about preventing civilian casualties, why does it not accept the ceasefire and act on it.

The Prime minister's full statement - and questions from MPs - can be found here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm140721/debtext/140721-0001.htm. 


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