Israel needs to "play the game" much smarter
Reader comment on: Israel Eases Gaza Blockade: But What For?
Submitted by Dr. M.J. Markoff (United States), Jul 1, 2010 11:39
With respect to the U.N., Israel has NOT been 'playing the game' well. The "peace Floatilla" was known to be en route to Gaza for quite some time. Bibbi Netanyahu
should have called a news conference to specifically request that the U.N. meet
this floatilla in international waters, and inspect its cargo for arms and
military support materials. That way, if the U.N. didn't live up to it's
mission, the Israelis could have rightfully and loudly blamed the U.N. for any and all
consequences. Also, Israel should loudly and publically petition the U.N. for immediate release of
Gilad Shalit in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. If Hamas wants a
prisoner exchange, Israel should offer ONLY ONE prisoner in exchange.
Afterall, Israelis don't want to be accused of disproportionate behavior (the common U.N. harrange), by
offering 10 or 100 convicted terrorists in exchange for this single youth. That could
insult Palestinians, saying in essence, "1 Israeli is worth as much as 100
Palestinians", and that, afterall, would be considered racist. Israel, learn to use
the U.N.'s mission statement, and their rules for your own benefit. I understand
that there are more floatillas to follow. Require U.N. weapons inspectors in order to avoid
possible violence:aren't the U.N. members supposed to be the good guys???yeah, right!
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