I was listening the PRI’s The World radio news program this afternoon and heard an American voice authoritatively discussing the Gaza flotilla attack. Turns out it was my old “friend,” Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic’s golden boy hasbarist. His report wasn’t as slanted as his pieces in the Atlantic tend to be. But there was one howler which is important to note in order to set the record straight.
The other political units in the Middle East that don’t want this blockade ended include Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, the moderate Palestinian government on the West Bank. This is much more complicated than people think.
First of all, The Palestinian Authority doesn’t govern in the West Bank as Goldberg claimed. The last time there was an elected Palestinian Authority it was run by Hamas. Now the West Bank is run by Fatah, not the PA.
Actually, no Jeffrey, this one isn’t complicated at all, and you’ve got it wrong as you so often do. On November 15, 2008 Haaretz reported:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday said Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip was a “war crime,” as the United Nations closed its food aid distribution centers in Gaza on Saturday.
“I would like to draw the attention of the international community to the tragedy that our people are enduring in Gaza and I call on them to intervene to end the unfair siege… which constitutes a war crime against our Palestinian people,” Abbas said in published remarks.
The president of Palestine thinks the blockade is a war crime and you claim he supports it. There you have it: wrong about the siege, wrong about just about everything (relating to Israel). Uh, you might want to issue a correction on this, Jeffrey.