Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, was interviewed on Press TV News Analysis program on the escalation of tensions between Israel, Gaza and Egypt. The program aired originally on August 19, 2011., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
'Gaza raids seek to hide Israel woes'
Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW editor, appeared on Press TV News Analysis Program to discuss the escalating tensions between Israel, Gaza and Egypt. To watch this program just click on the website below:
A political observer says Israel's recent attacks on Gazans are an attempt to divert its public's attention away from its own internal problems.
“This is causing the government inside of Israel itself to try to deflect attention away from its own internal problems that have resulted from the world economic crisis and to focus more on this ongoing conflict [betweeen Israel and Gaza]”, Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of Pan-African News Wire, told Press TV.
Israelis have for nearly a month demonstrated against Tel Aviv's bad handling of the economy, which has resulted in an increase in social inequalities.
Last Thursday, Israel began its airstrikes on Gaza shortly after eight Israelis lost their lives near the Red Sea resort town of Eilat.
Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and injured during the attacks.
Israeli officials have blamed a Gaza-based militant group called the Popular Resistance Committee (PRC) for Thursday's attack and have vowed a "full force" response targeting Gaza.
Israel said the attackers had infiltrated from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, although the PRC, which is not affiliated with Hamas, denied involvement in the incident.
Hamas has said that it had nothing to do with the assault and has warned against any act of aggression against the Gaza Strip.
Israel has also imposed a blockade on Gaza since the Hamas government took control of the territory in 2007.
The blockade has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the impoverished territory.
Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.