The European Union today issued a condemnation of Israel’s blockade of Gaza and the renewed closures of Gaza’s border crossings.
EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said she was worried that fuel and medicine were not reaching the strip. Oxfam International Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs joined in with this statement: “For nearly a year and a half unimpeded access to fuel, food, medicines and essential goods has been routinely denied. Failure of the international community to act decisively will only exacerbate human suffering and could further endanger chances for peace.”
Neither made mention of the rocket attacks from Gaza this week that sparked the closings. Israeli defense officials, meanwhile, told The Jerusalem Post that they believe the ceasefire with Hamas can hold.
The Big Lipowsky thinks some people need to learn about the concept of responsibility. The Palestinians must take responsibility for themselves and their actions. The Palestinian population elected Hamas. Hamas declared itself the defacto ruler of Gaza when it forced out Fatah. Hamas is therefore responsible for and to Gazans. Acting as the ruler of Gaza, Hamas entered a ceasefire with Israel. That ceasefire was violated several times this week as rockets once again rained down on southern Israel. Whether they were fired by Hamas, Islamic Jihad or some farmer with a chemistry kit, Hamas bears the responsibility for the violations and the consequences.
Yet Ferrero-Waldner seems more interested in blaming Israel, seemingly ignoring the fact that the closures occurred only because of the Palestinian rocket attacks. This only promulgates the notion that the Palestinians do not have to take responsibility for their actions, can do whatever they want, and blame everything on Israel.
Peace will not come to the Middle East until the Palestinians take responsibility for themselves, their leaders, and the actions of their brethren.