Abbas Doesn't Want the Embargo Lifted Either

The New Republic

You have read:

0 / 8

free articles in the past 30 days.

Already a subscriber?

Log in here

sign up for unlimited access for just $34.97Sign me up

THE SPINE JUNE 13, 2010

Abbas Doesn't Want the Embargo Lifted Either

There's a fascinating dispatch in Ha'aretz reporting that Palestinian
Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear to President Obama that he doesn't want Israel's naval blockade against Hamas lifted. This
should be no surprise, and it raises difficult questions for both America
and the meddlesome Europeans who can produce nothing diplomatically but hot air. In fact, why doesn't Europe attend to its own terrible problems, among
which are the survival of the Eurozone itself and the very liquidity of
Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland? What does that mean? Leave Israel alone. But it won't. An article in this morning's Jerusalem Post
reports that Spain—poor, impoverished, pretentious and powerless Spain—has initiated a proposal for the European Union to monitor goods going into
Gaza. Their model presumably is the UNIFIL operation which has failed in each and every one of its missions from 1978 on. It is a phantasy world.



As you will see from the Ha'aretz article, Abbas wants it both ways. He
wants Israel to ease up on barring items that won't help Hamas, his mortal enemy and a threat to Egypt, as well. But he wants Jerusalem, if anything,
to stiffen its rules against seaborne commerce with Gaza. The Palestinian Authority was not taken in by the ever more jihadist regime in Turkey
which, allied now with Iran, has become comrade with Muslim fundamentalists everywhere. This discourse is done in shadows.



Almost nobody noticed that Egypt also didn't want to cave to the Islamist
pirates out of Ankara and Istanbul. And it doesn't want to now. Cairo understands the game. It has relaxed its own land blockade against
Gaza. But my guess (an informed guess) is that the loosening of the grip
will loosen very little. If anything.



So the question is: What will President Obama demand? He has no reason to
reward Istanbul. Still, Turkey was a key element in his global design. I
'm not sure that he realizes it is an utter failure. 

share this article on facebook or twitter

posted in: the spine, world, ankara, cairo, gaza, istanbul, jerusalem, authority, ha'aretz, jerusalem post, america, europe, egypt, ireland, palestinian authority, portugal, spain, turkey, european union, hamas, united nations interim force in lebanon, mahmoud abbas

print this article

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Show all 51 comments

You must be a subscriber to post comments. Subscribe today.

Back to Top

SHARE HIGHLIGHT

0 CHARACTERS SELECTED

TWEET THIS

POST TO TUMBLR

SHARE ON FACEBOOK