Hamas terrorist ruled Gaza stays in isolation
A desert enclave in isolation with its back to the sea ruled by Hamas terrorists seems like it would reach a point of complete breakdown in short order. What is keeping it alive?
The attempt by Israel to blockade the people there, to force them into leadership change, doesn’t seem to be working.
Supplies are getting in. What do local people do to survive in this place?
After the raid of the Gaza bound flotilla from Turkey to Gaza, what did Israel find on board? Did they discover weapons or just food stuffs?
Is it Turkey’s policy to support supplying Gaza? Is it acceptable to Israel to permit Gaza to receive supplies?
These may be naïve questions, but to understand the situation more, I need more information. In the end, is the Israeli strategy working?
“Netanyahu tells inquiry Turkey ignored appeals
Turkey ignored repeated warnings and appeals “at the highest level” to halt a Gaza aid flotilla, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu told an Israeli inquiry yesterday into the fatal raid by his troops.
Mr Netanyahu was the first witness to testify to the state-appointed inquiry into the lethal raid at sea on May 31st, in which Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists after boarding their vessel from a helicopter.
The clash took place before dawn in international waters off Israel, after the flotilla ignored repeated Israeli warnings not to continue to Gaza. The enclave is ruled by the Hamas Islamist movement and is sealed off by an Israeli naval blockade.
The United Nations formed its own committee to investigate the Israeli raid, which will meet for the first time on Tuesday.
“Beginning on May 14th, my office held contacts with the highest levels of the Turkish government,” Mr Netanyahu said. “These contacts . . . were intended to prevent a confrontation with the Marmara flotilla, and they continued until the eve of the flotilla’s arrival off Gaza’s shores,” he said.
“Despite our continuous diplomatic efforts, ultimately the Turkish government did not prevent the attempt by the Marmara to violate the naval blockade . . . It appears that did not see in the prospect of a clash between Turkish activists and Israel something that clashed with its interests.””
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