Eyes of the world are now on Israel
ON its record, Israel is unlikely to bow to international opinion. Again today, words will fly but, hopefully, not bullets, as an Irish aid ship approaches Gaza. The Government has officially condemned Monday's Israeli action, which resulted in at least nine deaths, and the Taoiseach has warned of "serious consequences" if any harm comes to Irish citizens detained in Israel.
Through the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Government has also issued a number of demands, including safe passage to Gaza for the Irish aid ship 'Rachel Corrie' and a full, independent, inquiry into Monday's storming.
We will know later today whether the Israeli government will respond sympathetically to that first appeal, make an exception of the Irish vessel, and allow its humanitarian cargo to be delivered to Gaza.