The recent Israeli attack on a convoy supposed to be carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid for the people of Palestine is not something that can be viewed through a microscope. It is not an incident that stands in isolation. This incident has to be interpreted keeping in view the overall volatile atmosphere in the Middle East. Israel had blockaded the sea cost in 2007 after Hamas had gained power in Palestine. The rise to power of Hamas had led to intensification of rocket attacks on Israeli settlements.
To understand the psyche of the Israeli attack it is essential to have alook at what the Hamas leadership and their chief protagonist the President of Iran have been chanting over the years. These leaders have been breathing fire at what they term 'Zionist expansionism' and calling for the destruction of the Israeli state. I wonder if people can remember that Israel was created by a UN mandate after the end of the Second World War and the great pogrom of the Nazis that resulted in 6 million Jews being gassed to death. It was a form of atonement for the horrors inflicted on the jews during the Second World War.
However Hamas has not accepted this and has repeatedly given a call for the destruction of Israel. Terrorist and rocket attacks are a by word as they try and negate the UN
The issue is really not the aid but the fact that Hamas and the radical Islamic movements are hell bent on destroying Israel. Human rights activists are remarkably short sighted and this talk of the convoy to break the Israel cordon is in the long run not a conducive bid to establish peace in the region. The request to Israel to let the convoy pass must be seen in the background of the rocket attacks on Israel settlements. That there are 600 activists mostly Turkish is a sad commentary on a country that professes to be secular. One really wonders how Turkey got involved in all this.
All the signs point to the fact that Israel would not let the flotilla pass. After all it must be appreciated that no nation can allow rocket attacks by an opponent and yet allow supplies to pass. This is not the way nations functions. It would have perhaps been a good idea in case the Turks who have instigated this convoy had called it off. But the repercussions will echo far and wide and the mid eastern peace process will certainly suffer a set back