Friday, August 29, 2008
Writing from Gaza the people were given an emotional lift by the two peace boats that came in from Cyprus. They left behind nine human rights workers in Gaza. It is important really because in the absence of any delivery of the Israeli side's commitment under the cease fire (30% of blockaded products to be allowed in during the first seven days) prospects for the continuation of the cease fire are at best fragile. Some argue that economic conditions were better in Gaza before the cease fire so there are those that argue it is pointless and that Israel only respects force. Difficult really. I don't really understand why Israel prefers the cease fire not to hold. But will have to hear the Israeli side when I get to Tel Aviv.