UK Prime Minister David Cameron at a meeting with Turkish business people launched an attack on Israel for its Gaza policy and warned it was time to end maintenance of the blockade of that area. “The situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must move in both directions. Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.” He also made clear his disagreement with Israeli actions against the flotilla from Turkey. “The Israel attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable” and he made his position clear in his contacts with Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu that an honest investigation must take place as to what happened. His comments comparing Israel action against the flotilla to Somali pirates aroused anger from Israel officials who condemned his failure to blame Hamas for its repressive actions in Gaza.
Yes, Hamas has acted in repressive ways in Gaza, it has killed opponents, but that does not excuse Israel actions. Five years ago, Turkey and the United Kingdom were strong supporters of Israel, today they are furious at actions of the Israel government. Isn’t it time for Israel leaders to take some responsibility for changing attitudes toward their country instead of always blaming negative comments on the ever present, ‘anti-semitism” argument? Wake up Israel, it is time to change your policies and pay attention to other nations of the world.