Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why has Israel turned against Sri Lanka?

by K. Godage
Former Ambassador

(TI)Have we indulged in any act of Diplo-lunacy that Israel has also turned against us? Israel, which believes in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, has quite suddenly turned against in a shocking move demanding a human rights probe on Sri Lanka. What have we done to have made her turn against us so suddenly?

As your news report stated Israel has been one of the key suppliers of military hardware including Fast Attack Craft (FAC), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Kafir multi role fighters and the recently rockets which helped the Sri Lanka Navy to destroy many Sea Tiger craft in the northern waters. As your news report states Israel has always been a friend and successive Israeli governments have backed the war against the LTTE. We the people value this friendship and are grateful for the support we have received without which support we would never have won this war. So, we cannot understand this action of Israel. In these circumstances we the public would very much like to know from the Israeli authorities why they did this unfriendly act. What have we done to provoke them? They could surely not have been put up to doing this by the UK, which has certainly turned hostile to us or by the US. We know of no statement made by the government protesting against Israeli action in the Gaza. Full text