The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Aggression by Israel Condemned
Israel has launched a full-scale attack by air, sea and land on Lebanon. Beirut airport has been bombed, ports have been subjected to naval bombardment and residential areas attacked. More than 55 civilians have been killed in these attacks. Israel has launched this undeclared war because two of its soldiers were abducted by the Hizbollah in Lebanon. The retaliation has been totally disproportionate and reveals Israel’s well known penchant for aggression on its neighbouring countries.
Coming in the wake of the sustained attacks on the Gaza strip, Israel poses a serious threat to peace and stability in the region.
The UPA government should not only deplore the attack on Lebanon but demand that international sanctions be applied on Israel for its brazen violation of international law. As a first step, India should suspend buying arms from Israel.