Tuesday, July 27, 2010
British Prime Minister Calls Gaza a "Prison Camp"
This is unprecedented. For one thing, Tony Blair, who is now Middle East envoy for the "Quartet" (the United Nations, European Union, United States, and Russia) has never been so critical of the results of Israeli foreign policy. Cameron knows Blair is under a lot of heat right now, with the possibility of a renewed, more thorough, opposition-led inquiry into what was probably the murder of Dr. David Kelly by British intelligence on July 18, 2003. Chances are that Blair knew about it, and may be brought in to testify in any inquiry.
Cameron's statements, made in Turkey, will be denounced by somebody in Avigdor Lieberman's Foreign Office, but Prime Minister David Cameron, in his statements, has tread new territory. Israel's ambassador to the UK said today, "The people of Gaza are the prisoners of the terrorist organisation Hamas. The situation in Gaza is the direct result of Hamas's rule and priorities."
So far, though, there has been no statement released by the Israeli Foreign Office.
The Washington Post's Jackson Diehl has condemned Cameron, calling Cameron's statements "pandering at Israel's expense."
Apparently, Cameron made the same or a very similar statement in The House of Commons recently:
Cameron defended himself later at a press conference with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister. "My description of Gaza is something I said in the House of Commons several weeks ago. Perhaps this is final proof that if you want to keep something completely secret you should announce it in the House of Commons." A No 10 source added: "This is not an elevation of the rhetoric. This is equivalent language."