The Israel government has made decisions based on its desire to deal with an immediate issue–the firing of rockets from Gaza into its nation. Rocket attacks can not be tolerated by any nation, but the question is how best to deal with the problem. Israel has over-reacted with its massive destructive program that resulted in the death of over 1,000 people including hundreds of women and children. Turkey has been Israel’s closest ally in the Middle East, but now its government is furious at the bombing of UN headquarters in Gaza. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, denounced the bombing. “How is such a country, which totally ignores and does not implement resolutions of the UN Security Council allowed to enter the gates of the UN?” He expressed his shock that while UN leaders were in Gaza their headquarters was bombed by Israel.
The Israel argument is since they were fired at by Hamas militants who were in the vicinity of the UN headquarters the appropriate response was to blast the entire area. Surely, someone in the Israel government can grasp if rocket attacks cease would the price of losing Turkey’s support and cooperation be worth the price of no rockets? Erdogan asked: “Who can justify bombing young people, the elderly, women and even children?” My question is: “Which is more vital to the long term security of Israel-halting rocket attacks or losing the support of Turkey?