Israel also argues that its right to self-defence cannot be ignored. In order to pressure the Hamas government in Gaza to stop rocket attacks aimed on Israeli townsSo I have to now point out that just today Netanyahu has refused to let the French Foreign Minister into Gaza. Is it because the French Foreign Minister is bringing weapons to Hamas? Is it because the French Foreign Minister is a supporter of Hamas? Is it because the French Foreign Minister is smuggling in pasta and paper which are on the “no” list of terrorist items allowed into Gaza? Nope, none of these are the reason. In fact, it has nothing what so ever to do with “security” what is HAS to do with is “publicity” and freedom of the press and media, something Israel no longer supports as was evident in this report where Israel has dropped to number 150 on the “freedom of the press” list, right next to Iran. Netanyahu admits the real reasons, there are two actually:
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not grant French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner permission to visit the Gaza Strip. On his intended visit to Gaza, Kouchner had planned to observe the construction being done in collaboration with the French at the Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City. Kouchner had requested to travel to the coastal territory during his upcoming visit to Israel and the West Bank.” Netanyahu sent a message to the French minister saying he could not accede to his request as Hamas would likely take advantage of the visit to create a media frenzy and parade the damages caused by Israel during the Gaza war earlier this year.Israel just proved the siege is an illegal farce, nothing more. The siege has nothing to do with Israel’s security and today it has all to do with hiding Israel’s crimes from a Foreign Minister from France and also as punishment to the French for not doing what Israel asked on the Goldstone report,, they abstained instead of voting “no” now they must be punished like Gaza. None of this is “security” related, Netanyahu just proved that to the world. But it is not the first time:
Israel had denied similar requests in the past from Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. LINKYeah, it’s ALL about security, mi arse!