Thoughts on yesterday

Commentary

Reading back on my entry yesterday, I feel I should make clear how appalling I have found the events of the last 48 hours. Israel’s attack was largely unprovoked and wholly disproportionate. It will ill-thought out and badly executed. It demonstrated again Israel’s habit in recent years of blindly marching against the heed of the international community. It is a deeply troubling trend.

Turkish-Israeli relations are at the crux of this crisis. Turkish politicians are being most vocal on the international scene, the protests of Turkish people are drawing the most attention around the world, and it is the Turkish government who pushed for the Security Council and NATO to convene extraordinarily. My concern is, I believe, shared by level-headed people everywhere: I simply do not know where things will go from here.

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Last modified: Sunday 15 December 2013