Israel will destroy all of the tunnels that lead from Gaza to southern Israel, with or without a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Israeli troops have destroyed dozens of tunnel branches so far during the 24-day operation in Gaza, Netanyahu said Thursday at the start of a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the security situation. "We are determined to complete this mission with or without a cease-fire, and therefore I will not agree to any proposal that does not allow the IDF to complete this work, which is important for the security of Israel’s citizens," Netanyahu said. The tunnels would have allowed Hamas to kidnap and murder Israeli soldiers and civilians, and to infiltrate Israeli territory to commit terrorist acts, Netanyahu said. adding, "We are destroying that capability now." Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times shows Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu waving from a tank and saying, "Tunnels destroyed!" UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is standing nearby with one arm akimbo, adds, "And all bridges to peace too!" In the background we can see the burning ruins of buildings marked "Gaza".
The tunnels are real but the bridges are metaphorical ones. Ban Ki-moon is saying that Israel's continuing offensive in Gaza has destroyed any chance of a peace agreement.
To build bridges means to improve relationships between people who are very different or do not like each other. A local charity is working to build bridges between different ethnic groups in the area. There's even an organization called Building Bridges for Peace, which promotes peace and conflict resolution throughout the world.