-Israel insists its naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory is justified and will continue.
-But even Israel's closest allies have been critical of the wider siege, which they say is hurting the people of Gaza far more than their fundamentalist rulers.
But, this doesn't mean Israel and their closest allies have lost interest in removing Hamas from Gaza and taking control of the land, the coast and the natural gas resources.
So let's keep this in mind-
The 2005 "Agreement on Movement and Access" was meant to put the finishing touches on Israel's unilateral pullout from Gaza two months earlier. Brokered by the United States, the aim was to ease the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza and thus enhance Palestinian productivity.Under its terms, the main land crossing points at Rafah, Kerem Shalom and Karni would be fully opened. There was no thought at the time of a naval blockade.
Ah, the Karni border crossing..... run by terrorists trained with the help of Canada.
Terrorists? What? Trained to foment civil war, to encourage the people of Gaza to turn against the government they had just elected.
I covered that here- Israel and Canada; Project Karni, 'security' and racism. Two best friends with much in common
Known at the time as the Karni Project, named after the principle commercial crossing into Gaza, the initiative was a covert – though not clandestine – effort to train a pliable security force to work with Israel.
If Karni and Rafah crossing were so heavily 'controlled', so clandestinely 'secure', I would say it is safe to say that the land crossing of Kerem Shalom also had similar controls in place. Controls that were favourable to Israel.
So, where does the public outcry over the attack on the humanitarian aid ships leave Israel?
First, whether to allow an international presence in an inquiry into the confrontation aboard the Mavi Marmara- Israel is not going to allow that
Second, whether to ease the civilian siege to ensure continued international backing for the military blockade- I don't see Israel doing that either, since their goal is to steal more land
Third, whether to present a new initiative on peacemaking with the Palestinians.
There it is! A new initiative, that is totally to the benefit of Israel and will leave the Palestinians out of the picture, out of their homes and out of their land
Oh and Representative Barney Frank, pathetic !