Annie Lennox responded to the open letter written to her in the Jerusalem Post by Yoram Dori, a senior adviser to Israel’s President Shimon Peres. The Eurythmics singer tells readers at her blog at MySpace (@annielennox):
From my perspective, peace and security comes with dialogue, not bullets and bombs, and therefore I make no apology for being a leading member of the voice of reason, in opposition to this senseless war. I have taken this position asa humanitarian and as a mother. I cannot stand seeing children killed. I cannot stand seeing families shattered. I want this to end, and only a permanent ceasefire will achieve this.
A peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians is possible, but it is being made impossible by this war. War is not the way to solve this conflict, and all it is doing is sewing the seeds of hatred and anger on both sides of the fence and fueling further misery, which is likely to find expression in another round of conflict.
I am not alone in my views, and my position is supported by a cross-spectrum of communities in Britain including my Jewish and Israeli friends. Mr Dori,for your information, I too have friends and family in Israel, and want to see them safe and secure, in the same way that I want human rights protection for the citizens of Gaza.