Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing. Turkey, once Israel's closest ally in the Muslim world (where the flotilla started and 4 of whose citizens were killed), has recalled its ambassador from Israel and has called for strong acti9ons against Israel. Other than the luke-warm statements from Canada and the U.S., there continues to be strong criticism from Europe and as expected the Muslim world. This stupid action has been condemned by many in Israel and has been a boon for Hamas, Hizbollah, Syria, Iran and has taken the attention away from North Korea. It is going to be used by al Qaeda and other groups ( in Pakistan, Afghanistan and eleswhere) to justify their terrorist activities.
The open-air prison that is Gaza may get a brief repreive as the world is reminded of Israel's blockade and strangulation....preventing much food. medicine and other necessities from reaching the 1.5 million residents. Obama has an opportunity to show leadership over this. He should lead the call for the end to this barbaric blockade. Failure to do so will push any prospect of peace further out of reach.