The results suggest Iran's next parliament will be more supportive of President Rohani's drive for economic reforms, but conservatives will remain a powerful force.13:31 30.04.16 | 0 comments
Much has been made of 'Israel's offer to transfer the aid cargo to Gaza'. 'Why did the convoy not accept this?' 'This demonstrates their true motives were provocation not delivery of aid'. This is, like so many other government statements, a clear case of dissembling. Even ignoring the fact that accepting the offer, at face value, would imply an acceptance of Israeli authority, there is a need to look at the fine print. The sub-text to this offer was that Israel 'would inspect the goods and transfer humanitarian aid to Gaza'. Quite clearly the Israeli definition of 'humanitarian' is very different to that of the flotilla organisers and Gazans in need. Much of the cargo would not have been transferred to Gaza and would have been impounded at Ashdod - not a worthy outcome for the many thousands who contributed to the funding of the flotilla nor for those in Gaza desperately trying to rebuild their homes and lives.