Ireland-Israel tensions rise

It’s still looking very dicey out there in the Eastern Med, as we wait for the Irish wave.  Brian Cowen must know there’s not a snowball’s of the MV Rachel Corrie getting through to Gaza and is getting his diplomatic retaliation in first. The Israelis are drawing a careful distinction between the naval blockade and letting in supplies. The blockade stays, supplies may be something else. The Israelis don’t take easily to pressure even within their own democracy. One blogger must have links to the agent of the author of Wallander. I so hope that Mairead Corrigan and the complement don’t get hurt. Surely the Israeli tactics won’t be so clumsy and aggressive this time? I couldn’t help thinking of those paratroops of long ago. Will someone call for a Bloody Sunday type inquiry which wasn’t fully international but had a Commonwealth element?

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London