Monday, 31 May 2010


Israel is doing its best to maintain a news blackout to reduce the impact of its attack on the Gaza relief convoy in international waters, but the truth is getting out. Israel has once again proven that it is a rogue state.

The EU is calling for an "inquiry," but this does not do justice to the situation. In any case we know from Goldstone how Israel reacts to "inquiries" that find against it.

It is time that our words were matched by deeds. Israel must be made to realise that unacceptable actions will have consequences.

Ten days ago President Medvedev of Russia met face to face with the Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, in Damascus.

Russia is a member of the Quartet, yet its leader has now thrown aside Quartet policy with regard to having no communication with "terrorists" and entered into talks with Hamas. This was the right thing to do, and it swept aside years of prevarication by the EU and the USA.

You cannot make peace without talking to your enemies. Even Israel should know that.

The response of the EU to Israel's assault on the Gaza relief convoy should be that it will no longer play the game by Israel's rules. Its representatives should follow in the footsteps of President Medvedev.

The EU should talk to Hamas.

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