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The deaths and injuries on board the Gaza flotilla once again demonstrate how easy it is for radical supporters of terrorism to provoke a democracy into committing acts that will incur the condemnation of the international community.
Let there be no mistake about the goal of the flotilla. It was not to provide aid to Gaza.
The proof of that obvious reality is that the leaders of the flotilla
rejected an Israeli offer to send the food and medical supplies to Gaza
through the Israeli port of Ashdod. They wanted a military
confrontation with casualties. That is why some of them were chanting
Jihadist slogans such as “[remember] Khaibar, khaibar, oh Jews. The
army of Muhammed will return.” This was a reference to the slaughter of
Jews by Muhammed in the 7th century. In an interview with Al Jazeera,
one of the leaders demanded “Martyrdom” or victory. They seem to have
The United Nations is now ready to pounce on Israel, without even
hearing the Israeli side of the story or viewing videotapes that show
Israeli commandoes being beaten, stabbed and clubbed by so called
“peaceful protesters”. Nor are those who are rushing to condemn Israel
interested in the rules of engagement issued by Israel, under which
their marines were told to fire harmless paintballs unless their lives
This is not to say that the Israeli actions were wise, especially in
light of the long lead-time they had to prepare for this well planned
provocation. But their actions were not illegal under international law.
The blockade of Gaza, a terrorist enclave that has engaged in repeated
acts of armed aggression against Israeli civilians, is supported by
Egypt and other nations. Although the flotilla was boarded in
international waters, the intent to enter the coastal area of Gaza was
clear and undisputed. A sovereign nation need not wait until the line is
unlawfully crossed when the intruders have made known their
determination to cross the line. The United States and other western
countries have boarded ships in international waters over the years to
enforce blockades and to protect security.
When Israeli marines were attacked by lethal weapons, they had the
absolute right to defend themselves and protect their fellow soldiers.
Whether they acted reasonably and proportionately can be known only
after a thorough investigation, which the Israeli authorities should
The immediate confrontation has now ended, with too much loss of life
and too many injuries. There is now time to assess the situation
carefully and methodically, as both the United States and Israel are
doing. Conclusions must follow investigation, not precede it. The United
Nations has no credibility when it comes to this particular conflict,
since it has proved its one-sided anti-Israel bias over and over again.
It should stay out of this conflict, lest it encourage more
provocations and more loss of life. There will be enough self-criticism
from the Israeli public to force the Israeli military to reconsider how
it responds to future provocations.
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