AS AN individual Christian, answering the point made by John Bibby, I can tell him that I have no belief that the UK Government might be influenced by public displays of outrage at the Israeli attack on the people of Gaza.

The latest offensive against Gaza coincides with the news that this country sells more arms and military communication systems to Israel, than to any other nation, and that this equipment is in use against civilians as in this attack.

As a nation our business interests clearly take precedence over our principles.

As wars are increasingly fought by “shock and awe” in urban areas using remote controlled drones, rockets and artillery it is plain that the perpetrators accept that non-combatants, especially women and children, will make up the majority of victims.

Modern wars have become mutual terrorism.

The Israel/Palestine conflict can never be resolved militarily, and we should not be supplying arms to perpetuate it.

Maurice Vassie, Deighton, York.


•  WE HAVE all seen the destruction in Gaza while Israel defends themselves.

A picture in a national newspaper recently showed this in a stark light. The caption beneath the picture read: “Thick smoke billows above the Tuffah neighbourhood of Gaza after a night of relentless bombardment that badly damaged the city’s only power station” – making life even harder for women and children and the elderly than before.

Our Government should be condemning the slaughter of a blockaded people.

Dennis Barton, Woodthorpe, York.