David Cameron, British prime minister and leader of the national Conservative Party, said Tuesday, “Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.” He also called out governments on double standards against the Turkish State (1:04):
The leader of the British government and U.K. Conservative Party and his deputy are moving toward being on the more liberal side of history than any contemporary U.S. government in opposing the unlawful blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt on Gaza, days after his deputy called the Bush-Blair Administrations’ invasion of Iraq “illegal”.
Tuesday, alongside Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the Israel-Egypt-U.S. aggressive blockade of the Gaza Strip and the recent attack of the Freedom Flotilla that killed eight Turks and an American citizen on the Mavi Marmara vessel.
The prime minister stated “the situation in Gaza has to change” and that he supports “lifting the blockade of Gaza”, using imagery likening the Israeli and Egyptian governments to the Nazis—adding: “Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.”
He also said that Turkey has the “potential of being a ‘great unifier’ “, Nicholas Watt and Hélène Mulholland reported at the London Guardian, who added that Ankara “wants to deepen trade links with Iran” in light of its recent deal with Tehran to further open up its civilian nuclear enrichment program, despite unilateral sanctions by the U.S. and European Union and joint sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council.
Mr. Cameron added that it makes him “angry” and “frustrated” that the French and German governments oppose admission of the Turkish government into the E.U.
The U.K. deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nick Clegg, last week called the 2003 invasion and war against Iraq “illegal” on the floor of Parliament (0:46):
While in power, when have agents within the U.S. executive branch of the government made statements like these about Israel or an aggressive war started by the previous administration? Ironic that the U.K. doesn’t even have a constitution.
EDIT: Robert Mackey added at his New York Times blog that this isn’t the first time Mr. Cameron has called Gaza a giant prison:
The Guardian noted that this is not the first time Mr. Cameron has said that Palestinians are imprisoned in Gaza. According to Hansard, the House of Commons’s official record, Mr. Cameron said on June 28: “Everybody knows that we are not going to sort out the problem of the Middle East peace process while there is, effectively, a giant open prison in Gaza.”