Israel can't defy world forever
Published 01/06/2010 | 05:00
EARLY yesterday morning, Israeli commandos attacked the flotilla trying to run the blockade of Gaza and bring 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the 1.5 million inhabitants. At least 10 people were killed.
In military terms this was not a big operation, but its repercussions are enormous and could be disastrous. The forces of a sovereign nation have attacked unarmed vessels on the high seas, in flagrant violation of international law. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demonstrated once again his contempt for legal norms and human rights, and his belief that his country, uniquely, can behave with impunity in any way it pleases.
He has also shown an astonishing lack of common prudence. He has offended both the United States and his one truly friendly neighbour, Turkey, a country of massive geopolitical importance and a mainstay of NATO.