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Monday, June 07, 2010

The final abandonment of Gaza

Shmuel Rosner's got it right. The reactions to the flotilla of fools aren't just about Israel becoming more insecure - they're about Gazans being abandoned to Hamas.
Yes, hostility toward Israel played a role in the festival of criticism that followed the bloody raid on the blockade-defying flotilla earlier this week. But no less problematic was the show of untrustworthiness on the part of leaders, states, and organizations. Not even the United States, generally mellow in its response to the raid, could resist the temptation to define the situation in Gaza as "unacceptable and unsustainable." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that "we have to deal with the situation in Gaza in a way that both protects Israel's legitimate security interests and fulfills the needs of the people of Gaza." That suggests the likely outcome of the flotilla affair will be that Israel's security needs will be met, but less vigorously, and the "people of Gaza" will be abandoned. They will get more aid, more food and supplies, maybe some roads and buildings will be repaired - but abandoned they will be. Destined to be ruled by the ruthless and undemocratic Hamas regime without the international community's protests or objections.
Indeed. But then the entire 'Palestinian' national movement was always about destroying Israel and never about creating a 'Palestinian state,' wasn't it?


At 11:03 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - that's true. The Palestinians are powerful paradoxically enough because they can claim to be Israel's victim. Why would they ever want to give it up? Life is good! Especially when its Israel in the world's hot seat - something they have no interest in extricating Israel from any time soon.


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