British PM Cameron: Gaza is a prison camp

Posted: July 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, the US and us | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

In a visit to Turkey, newly appointed British Prime Minister said that the attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla was “‘completely unacceptable”

This is from the Telegraph’s report:

Today Mr Cameron said: ”The situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions.

”Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.”

And he added: ”The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable.

”And I have told PM Netanyahu we will expect the Israeli inquiry to be swift, transparent and rigorous.”

PM David Cameron’s senior coalition partner, Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats, referred in the past to the Israeli siege on Gaza as “a living nightmare” for more than a million Palestinians.

I think we should pay attention to these declarations. Israel has lost the battle in the UK’s public opinion long ago, and now it seems that the new British government is moving toward a more critical approach of Jerusalem as well. This is happening at a time when Washington is taking Israel’s side both in regards to Gaza and to the talks with President Abbas. PM Benjamin Netanyahu was able to contain the pressure from president Obama by using the political battle in the United States and making Israel a major issue for the Republicans, but elsewhere his government is getting more isolated by the day.

In the months to come, it will be interesting to see whether the British could lead Europe into playing a larger role in the region, and what effect this would have on the US policy.

7 Comments on “British PM Cameron: Gaza is a prison camp”

  1. 1 Eamonn said at 8:20 am on July 27th, 2010:

    this might be of interest.

    also worth bearing in mind that Camo is a politician, before the election he was banging on about his indestructible love for Israel etc. And of course, Camo is a Tory.

  2. 2 noam said at 8:27 am on July 27th, 2010:

    Eamonn: since Camo is politician, he should have said what the public wanted to hear before the elections, not after, no (unless UK public is pro-Israel)?

  3. 3 Eamonn said at 8:33 am on July 27th, 2010:

    what I was trying to say is that he will say what the situation demands, today the Pals. are victims of Israel, tomorrow blood thirsty terrorists etc. After all he’s visiting “Turkey*,

  4. 4 noam said at 8:36 am on July 27th, 2010:

    you can say that on every politician, everywhere. so how can we understand what’s really going on? I prefer to attribute some meaning to their words. Just as I sense a change in US policy (one that I don’t welcome), I think there are troubles ahead for Israel with Europe.

  5. 5 Eamonn said at 8:44 am on July 27th, 2010:

    I guarantee you that when he visits Israel he’ll say sth like “Britain and Israel stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terrorism, a horror that no cause can justify. We know what it is like to have bombs cause mass slaughter in our cities and let me tell you now Mr. Prime Minister we fully respect Israel’s right to take whatever measures it deems necessary to protect itself from the killers of women and children.” A large alcoholic drink of your choice on me if he doesn’t say sth very similar to that.

  6. 6 noam said at 8:48 am on July 27th, 2010:

    I’m not sure about the “whatever measures it deems necessary” part (and I have an expensive taste in drinks). but you might be right. a good sign will be the British response to the Turkel report.

  7. 7 Eamonn said at 8:50 am on July 27th, 2010:

    Ha! Money spent on lubricating a good conversation is never wasted though :=))