Monday, 31 May 2010

Israel: Hague’s, UK Government’s Weasel Words

At last, we’ve had an official UK statement which is as weaselly as any produced by the previous administration.

Condemnation?   No!

Read this.

Foreign Secretary statement on Gaza Flotilla

31 May 2010

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has called on the Government of Israel to open all crossings for aid to enter Gaza and deplored the loss of life during the interception of the Gaza Flotilla.

In a statement this morning the Foreign Secretary said:
" I deplore the loss of life during the interception of the Gaza Flotilla. Our Embassy is in urgent contact with the Israeli Government. We are asking for more information and urgent access to any UK nationals involved. 

We have consistently advised against attempting to access Gaza in this way, because of the risks involved. But at the same time, there is a clear need for Israel to act with restraint and in line with international obligations. It will be important to establish the facts about this incident, and especially whether enough was done to prevent deaths and injuries.

This news underlines the need to lift the restrictions on access to Gaza, in line with UNSCR 1860. The closure is unacceptable and counter-productive. There can be no better response from the international community to this tragedy than to achieve urgently a durable resolution to the Gaza crisis.

I call on the Government of Israel to open the crossings to allow unfettered access for aid to Gaza, and address the serious concerns about the deterioration in the humanitarian and economic situation and about the effect on a generation of young Palestinians ."


Good start, William!!!  Your other Conservative Friends of Israel will be pleased that you have been a weaselly wimp.

In the eyes of some you will have passed your first test but in the eyes of many you shame yourself, our government and our country.


  1. I'll confine my thoughts on this to my post.

  2. Sometimes we agree, James,and other times you're wrong.


  3. The problem always is that people think of the two political regimes and not the common people of Israel or Palestine.

    The two things are quite separate and most people don't see that.

    I hope you don't mind me posting that thought here.

  4. Israel apologists speak of "the right of Israel to defend itself". This action shows that it is very similar to the right of a violent rapist to attack the doctor who treats his victim.

  5. I thought you might like this: Neil Clark: Israeli forces ‘kill up to 19 people’ in raid on Gaza aid ship: "can you imagine Hague and co's response if Iran had violently stormed ships in international waters on which there were 28 British civilians?"

  6. Thanks, Steve for both comments!

    Yes, indeed!