Britain’s Prime Minister, leader of the Conservative Party and Senior Partner in the ConDem coalition that leads the country, David Cameron has come out with two statements that will concern members of his party and those that vote Conservative.
First of all he has made it clear he believes that Turkey joining the EU is a good thing. He is, in fact, championing the cause for their membership. The EU has been reluctant to allow the increasingly Islamist state of Turkey to join the EU. It fears that Turkish membership will increase its already troubled relationship with Muslims in the Union.
“When I think about what Turkey has done to defend Europe as a Nato ally... it makes me angry that your progress towards EU membership can be frustrated in the way it has been... My view is clear. I believe it’s just wrong to say Turkey can guard the camp but not be allowed to sit inside the tent.”
As part of that campaign to help Turkey has turned on Britain’s ally in the Middle East and condemned Israel’s actions against the flotilla, which originated in Turkey that was raided, on its way to Gaza. He had this to say in his speech in Ankara.
“But as, hopefully, we move in the coming weeks to direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians so it's Turkey that can make the case for peace and Turkey that can help to press the parties to come together, and point the way to a just and viable solution."
It gets worse, before this he cleared stated he believes that Gaza is a “prison camp”.
“Let me also be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.”
Clearly he has not seen the pictures on the internet of the new Gaza mall or the piles of food in their market. These pictures have been on the internet for days both in the Arab and online press.
The seemingly anti-Israel, pro-Turkey rhetoric of the Cameron led government will be troubling to Conservative groups like Conservative Friends of Israel. Those in favor of a safe Israel will have to wait and see what the next move is for the UK government in its foreign policy initiatives.