Last night President Shimon Peres was interviewed by Pierce Morgan with the core topic being the potential invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israel. Peres opened the interview first by thanking the United States and President Obama for their support; he also thanked Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for his continued discussions on how to proceed peacefully. The public acknowledgement of Obama and Abbas is important to Israel as over the last few months relations between Israel and these other parties had been cool at best.
Peres claimed that the Hamas controlled Gaza could end the violence at any moment simply by not shooting anymore; he argued that Hamas has a choice, Israel does not have a choice. Peres discussed Israel's devotion to the peace process and he pointed to the continued negotiations with the Fatah controlled West Bank as evidence that Israel is willing to move forward peacefully.
Meanwhile all night, even during the interview with Peres, @Tweet_Palestine and @PalestineVideo were posting videos and messages about civilian targets being bombarded by Israeli rockets. There is no question that the deaths inside Gaza greatly outnumber the deaths inside Israel, however civilians on both sides are in great danger.
When asked if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to invade Gaza, President Peres would not give a definitive answer saying that it is up to Hamas... if they stop firing, the violence ends. Hamas claims that if Israel stops firing, the violence ends.
The power structure in Israel can cause some confusion for outsiders... the President of Israel is the ceremonial and largely advisory role of the Head of State, while the Prime Minister is the chief executive and the Head of Government. In the United States President Obama is both Head of Government and the Head of State.