by Barry Rubin
Remember what I told you: if you want to know what policy is going to be, watch the governments, not the media. While the results of the EU foreign ministers' meeting in
First, the foreign ministers proposed new sanctions going beyond the ones just voted in the UN against
The British representative, William Hague, told the EU to take a "strong lead" on this issue.
Second, regarding the
They also called for the release by Hamas of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and that the Red Cross be allowed to visit him, while recognizing
On the other side, they wanted a narrowing of the embargo on
The EU position also offered to help in arrangements for the crossings along the lines of its 2005 arrangements, which proved to be useless in practice though they made the EU feel good about doing something.
This is a position that
I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a prediction: Despite the intensive campaign of slander and some losses on the public relations' front, in diplomatic terms the damage for
What will be the response of Hamas and its supporters? More ships will arrive of two varieties. The peaceful ones will be boarded, taken into port, and their cargoes (whose small size and genuinely humanitarian portions) will be delivered to
There will, then, be more Jihadist ships, too, designed to provoke violence and create martyrs. They will be dealt with and repetition is going to expose—at least for Western policymakers—the scam that's going on and reduce its effectiveness.
I stand by my pessimistic assessment of the longer-term implications of Western policy as accepting a terrorist, genocide-goaled, Iranian client, revolutionary Islamist regime in the Gaza Strip. For the moment, however, the outcome looks like a weakened containment policy rather than the normalization that Hamas and its supporters are seeking.
The next key question is this: Will the
Finally, those who have any misunderstanding of the kind of regime they are helping to survive, might read a sermon just broadcast over Hamas's official Gaza television station:
"Whoever believes that our battle with the Jews and the Crusaders has subsided or is dormant is living in delusions....The Jews...annihilation and the destruction of their state will only be achieved through Islam, by those who bow before Allah...."
Helping Hamas is helping to plunge the
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.
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