Israel is imposing an air and sea blockade on Lebanon as part of a major offensive after two soldiers were seized by the militant group Hezbollah.
Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor, who is a UN Peace Messenger commented: "Israel's decision to send its warships into Lebanese water to block ports, and blow up the runways of Lebanon's only international airport is an entirely disproportionate action.
"This is a brutal and hugely destructive invasion. Israel's actions are not justified. The rules of 'just war theory' say that for a war to be just every action in it has to be proportionate.
"Brig. Gen. Dan Halutz, the Israeli army chief, said today 'Nothing is safe (in Lebanon), as simple as that.' This risks thrusting Lebanon back into the worst years of the war. Israel is risking a dangerous spiral of violence which could destabilise the entire region. " (1)
"We condemn the kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers and call for their safe release - but we should be consistent and not forget that Israel is holding 9,600 Palestinian political prisoners, over half of whom are being held without trial and nearly 400 of whom are children under 18."
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. But this isn't even an eye for an eye. It's more like a trail of corpses, including entirely innocent civilian corpses, for each kidnapping.