Demolitions in Palestine

I am deeply concerned by the deaths and injuries in both Israel and Gaza - the violence is shocking and tragic. Israel has a legitimate right to defend itself from rocket fire by militants in Gaza, however all Palestinians and Israelis deserve to live in peace and without threat of their homes being demolished.
There is a pressing need for all parties to reach a wider agreement that addresses the underlying causes of conflict in Gaza and to take the necessary steps to ensure Gaza's reconstruction and economic recovery. Any agreement should ensure that Hamas and other militant groups permanently end rocket and other attacks against Israel, that the Palestinian Authority resumes control of Gaza and restores effective governance, and that Israel lifts its restrictions to ease the suffering of ordinary Palestinians.