What occurred on the high seas off
No matter how one views this flotilla fiasco leaving 9 dead and scores injured, including Israeli Commando soldiers, it has further ruined
Is it possible that under all the hubris surrounding this debacle, that assessment may be correct?
According to Aluf Benn of Haaretz in a thought provoking report, Erdogan of Turkey is striving for pan-Islamism and Netanyahu is trying to hold off the rest of the world while nurturing a Jewish Israeliness that hates minorities and foreigners, the clash was inevitable. Benn went on to write that the flotilla crisis exposed the prejudices and stereotypes that had been kept hidden during the years of friendship: anti-Semitic stereotypes in
When one views the situation objectively, it does not take much imagination to realize that the Israeli leadership has chosen the worst people possible to represent
Apart from Lieberman's racism, there is also Shas Party racism coming from the mouth of Interior Minister Eli Yishai against Arabs, foreign workers and other non-Jews who he views as a danger to the Jewish people's identity. The right wing parties in the Netanyahu government are anti-Arab and anti-foreigner. They are an obstacle towards any peace agreement with the Palestinians. The rhetoric of Michael Ben Ari an extremist pseudo-Kahanist Knesset Member in the coalition is an example. There are many others.
If this is the best calibre of people that
On the other hand, there are so-called left wing human rights supporters present on the flotilla whose agenda is to delegitimize
Iranian tyranny under the appalling Ahmadinajad regime with its poor and repressive human rights record has become an ally of these flotilla "peace seekers".
This is where it would be prudent to investigate the role and financial resources for the training of I.H.H. Also the cache of primitive weapons found on the Mave Marmara.
It would be appropriate that an international inquiry be instituted to investigate the cause of the violence. It should be headed by internationally renowned jurists from
To date Israel and the US agreed on the nature of the Israeli investigative committee that will investigate the Israeli Commando takeover of the
Whatever conclusions are drawn from this tragic incident will not make much difference to the world attitude towards
The bottom line underlying the cause of it all is the non-ending Israeli-Palestinian Conflict which is based on a number of factors:
- The continuing occupation of
with its colonization of Palestinian lands with Israeli settlers Israel
- The ongoing 1948 Palestinian refugee problem defies a solution.
- Even if
Israeldoes withdraw to the pre-June 1967 borders there will still be extremist Palestinian groups who will demand Israel's total destruction and will never accept 's right to exist let alone negotiate a peace treaty. Israel
The world should be aware that
Despite all these serious problems facing
If Hamas is prepared to change its attitude and is prepared to accept
One must bear in mind that the key to moving the peace process forward lies in the hands of Hamas no less than