Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Freedom flotilla fraud

Dr. Charles Krauthammer consistently delivers the most thoughtful and thorough analysis of events in the Middle East.  The recent controversy surrounding Israel's defense of its naval blockade of Gaza is no exception.  Here's a transcript of his remarks on Fox News Monday (via Real Clear Politics, photo: IDF):
The fundamental deception here is the use of the word "humanitarian." As we saw, humanitarians don't realign the clubs, and they would have killed the Israelis had the Israelis not drawn their pistols in self defense.

But there is a larger issue here. What exactly is the humanitarian crisis that the flotilla was actually addressing? There is none. No one is starving in Gaza. The Gazans have been supplied with food and social services by the U.N. for 60 years in part with American tax money.

Second, when there are humanitarian needs, the Israelis allow every day food and medicine overland into Gaza. The reason that it did not want to allow this flotilla is because, as the spokesman for the flotilla said herself, this was not about humanitarian relief. It was about breaking the blockade.

And the reason the Israelis have a blockade is because they only want to allow humanitarian supplies and not weaponry. The proof of that is the fact that if you look at a map of Gaza, you'll see that Israeli's only control three sides of this rectangle. There is a fourth side on the Egyptian side. So it is an Egyptian-Israeli blockade.

The Egyptians have the same problem with Gaza. People accuse the Israeli of having a blockade because they're racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Arab. The Egyptians are Muslim and Arab and that have gone to war three times on behalf of the Palestinians. So why do they have the same blockade? Because Gaza is run by Hamas, a terror entity that wants to import weaponry and resume the war against Israel.

The man who made the announcement we saw earlier explaining the commando raid is the defense minister of Israel. He is not right winger. He is not Likud. He is Ehud Barak, the leader of Labor, the party of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meier, the party of the left, and the man who ten years ago this summer offered the Palestinians a peace agreement that would have had a Palestinian state, division of Jerusalem, and an end of the conflict.

The Palestinians said no. Gaza two years ago declared war on Israel. That's why you have a blockade. And the flotilla was not about humanitarian needs. It was about smashing the blockade.
On Tuesday, Krauthammer gave Fox News viewers a little history lesson that you will not hear anywhere else.  His remarks start 7:25 into the video clip below.

Allahpundit at Hot Air reveals that the organizers of the flotilla are members of the Turkish branch of an official U.S.-designated terrorist organization, and that many of the "humanitarian" passengers on the ill-fated Mavi Marmara had ties to al-Qaeda.

In an opinion piece in today's Wall Street Journal, Ronen Bergman expresses the depressing view that Israel's government has reached a new level of siege fatigue:
Israel's fatigue and deep sense of ostracism is, to say the least, unhealthy. It would be unhealthy for any country at the best of times. But it is particularly troubling when the country in question is at perpetual war, and when it is repeatedly threatened with annihilation by the leader of a country who is actively pursuing nuclear weapons. And, of course, it is profoundly disturbing when the fatigued and isolated country itself has the means to strike pre-emptively and punishingly at its enemies, including in ways from which, realistically, there may be no return.

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