The UN agenda
Readers of the will be only mildly surprised at the assiduousness of the United Nations in condemning Israel for its fuel blockade of Gaza. What will also fail to surprise readers is the somewhat lacklustre response from the world organisation in the face of China’s crackdown earlier this year on the people of Tibet in response to those protesting on the streets of Lhasa. The Gaza fuel blockade, and the resultant hardship for its people, is not something anyone with humanitarian instincts would welcome, but one wonders what action Israel is supposed to take to deter terror attacks and rocket fire on Sderot and Ashkelon. It does seem that whatever Israel does results in condemnation from the UN — while other countries seem to be able to take the actions they deem appropriate yet avoid such sanction.