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are subject to constant bombardment. In a situation like this, you would


kind of think, this sounds like clutching at straws. Certainly upped


the ante and broken the truce, but it is hard to see now we are in


this, it is just going to be tit`for`tat with what


this, it is just going to be tit`for`tat with ever power play


each side can grasp. Israel have perhaps said they will respond with


crushing force. It is compulsory to be in the army. They have tens of


thousands as reserve is too can be called upon at any time, with the


promise that what ever happens, they can get you home. Yes, you talk


about a crushing force. This young man, his father used to be in


Cambridge University. He had his bar mitzvah at Cambridge University.


These are points of reference so people can understand to this young


man is. Then, toward the end of the story it says at least 62


Palestinians were killed and 220 wounded when Israeli tanks began


shelling the town of Rafer. Crushing force is exactly it and of course


Israelis, the Israeli state is a democratic state, defending its


borders, it is supported by the US and indeed by Britain, to an extent,


but it doesn't feel the force of the attacks in the same way because it


has the iron Dome. All the casualties are on the Palestinian


side. This is a day on which the Israeli government has managed to


get the PR offensive on its side as well as the massive air bombardment.


We have seen the incredible destruction that has been caused in


places like a town pretty much levelled in the centre of Gaza city.


The cease`fire was meant to last three days, and 90 minutes is barely


enough time for people to restock their food supplies, never mind


anything else. We have no words as a watching world to describe the


horror of this. We are getting really graphic images of what it is


like. It is not something that needs to be left to the imagination. We


are seeing the bodies of children taken into hospitals. We are


watching men who are usually guarded with the language they use saying


this is outrageous. We have seen UN officials break down in tears. If


you've `` if you need any parallels, we are seeing people


break down, unable to stand basically what they are seen in Gaza


and we seem to be completely powerless to act. At the same time,


bizarrely, it looks as though the peace talks scheduled to go on in


Egypt are somehow expected to go on in the midst of this. I appreciate


there may well be a couple of attempts to establish a proper


cease`fire and there may be stopped and starts but it strikes me that


Israel have made it very clear in recent days that they intend to shut


down all these tunnels. Now they haven't yet, so it strikes me that


that really does look like in military terms their objective


before they will stop. Staying with the times just for a quick look at


the photo story, very different tone to it. This is Claudia, who has won


four gold medals in the Commonwealth Games forced the first Englishwoman


for 84 years to do that. Tell us what the impact has been on the city


of Glasgow. It is unbelievable. I am sitting here in the studio the


moment and I hope you cannot hear the constant thud, thud, thud


because there are about 12 bands outside, a TV programme going on


beneath as elsewhere in the civic key here in Glasgow. The streets are


buzzing. I came from an event night called the Empire cafe exploring


Scotland's not very great track record of investing in the


colonies, in the Empire and imperialism. There have been some


long hard look going on on the fringe of all this and at the same


time the streets are absolutely full of people. The Commonwealth Games


have set the city alight and actually because TV coverage is so


good it is the same across Scotland. Iron free where I was out last night


in Edinburgh, they actually turned the music down in a very busy


restaurant at the point where a Lee Childs was going in her 800 metres


for us all to watch her get the silver medal. Not much turns


television set off in pubs these days. What you might know about Neal


is that he is a very keen amateur ice skaters so you no doubt will


appreciate this sort of athleticism that we see Western Mark yes, that's


right. Of course I am almost winter Olympic standard on the ice rink


twice a week. Not quite. Let's move on to the Daily Mail. I think Neal


was being unnecessarily modest. This is a campaign that the Daily Mail


has been running, it has been very cross about the fact that huge fines


levied by private parking companies and the suggestion is that some of


the fines they levy are not even legal. It seems that they have some


have been running stories about this have been running stories about this


last week. What they are talking about is people who take your car


when you are on private property. If you park on double yellow line and


get ticketed by the authority, they are talking about people in hospital


car parks or supermarket car parks who can leave a ticket on your


windscreen which looks very official but isn't actually. They are saying


that an adviser to David Cameron said this ranks alongside the EPI


protections gambol in terms of money they shouldn't have to spend. Having


read almost the full version of this on their website, I don't know what


happens next. Clearly you do not have a right to park for free in


Sainsbury's car park all day and go off and commute to your job and


leave your car for free in somebody else's car park. So there has to be


a balance struck between the supermarkets and the hospitals


having proper rights over their private property and at the same


time people parking, not being gouged by heavy fines. I will move


on to you Leslie for this one on the Financial Times, airlines split on


safety of Iraq roots. Not all are convinced that flying over Iraq


given the fact it is still a war`torn country, it costs more


money as we know for flights to be diverted around conflict zones, but


the reason that this is so pertinent is that the suggestion is that Isis


militant may have some surface to air missiles. And of course what


happens to the Malaysia airline a couple of weeks ago. Yes. In a way


this is fascinating. I must say, very shortly after the Malaysia


airline went down, I began to wonder what we were actually doing, flying


over these areas, but it did seem to be a story. Now it seems actually


British Airways and another rail line have decided that yes it is OK


to go over Iraq where as virgin and Air France have decided that no,


they are not. It is possible to fly higher now, the flights are 20,000


feet, you can at 30 thousand feet. It's the justification that seems to


be interesting to me. BA are saying that basically they would only fly


where it is safe to fly but that rather begs the question how would


you now? How could you possibly know what kind of weaponry terrorist


groups or verbal groups, however you want to characterise it, had in


their possession when let's face it, in the case of the shocking events


around the Ukraine, we still have search and rescue people unable to


even reach the site. The amount of intelligence on the ground is zero.


Very briefly, Neill, when I fly somebody I don't normally care how I


get there but now people will start asking me. I had a friend living in


Dubai for the last few years so I have flown that a number of times.


When you have that flight Tracker on the screen in the seat in front of


you, when we go over Iraqi airspace I've never really been very


comfortable. Obviously I didn't have a reason for my discomfort until


now. Clearly, Malaysia airlines, if you asked them, are you flying in


safe airspace, they would have said yes we are. Moving on, we will leap


across a story we were going to do. I would like to move you on onto the


Daily Telegraph. The headline is that Scots have more disposable


income than nearly all other small countries that Scottish Nationalists


have been comparing Scotland too. But only because the UK provides


that kind of economy of scale, that buying power that allows prices to


be kept down in Scotland. I should say, I intend to be voting yes, you


can take it with whatever pinch of salt you want. This strikes me as


quite extraordinary. It says in the small print, that the Norwegians and


Stockholm residents still have more cash than Scots. That is quite


extraordinary. Their taxation rates are famously quite high. The second


thing is, what can you do with more disposable income? We have the


highest cost of childcare in the European Union, and we have some of


the highest rail fares throughout the whole of Britain. You cannot buy


social goods with any amount of disposable income. The thing that


Scots are trying to say to the rest of Britain, and I think many people


would echo this, any amount of personal disposable income will not


buy us a good society. That is what these other countries have got. We


will talk about that later, the next time we look at the papers. But we


have to leave it there. Thank you both very much. Well done for coping


with being so far away. I hope you stay with us, at 11pm we will be


taking a look at the situation in Gaza. Coming up next, it is time for


sports day. I am only faster, welcome to sports


day from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Usain Bolt does his talking


on the track, carrying Jamaica into the relay


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