In wake of the recent Israeli/Gaza debacle one common theme is emerging; the world really hates Jews. You would think such a profound lack of moral clarity would be highly alarming to the rational masses. But these days, brainwashed Muslims, uninterested Americans, and welfare loving Europeans have immediately trounced on the unjust opportunity to bash, discredit and rant against the only bastion of freedom in an un-free world. Israel.
The facts of this story are very simple. But like the Arizona Illegal Immigration debate, getting the facts to the users has proven too much to handle for our media, the UN, and Jew hating Muslims worldwide. Let me give you the background on recent events occurring in the middle-eastern area called the Gaza Strip.
In 2005 Israel removed all of their citizens out of the Gaza strip. Gaza is a small strip of land on the Mediterranean Sea that measures only about 25 miles long by 6 miles wide. The Palestinians finally got what they asked for, total withdrawal of Jewish citizens, finally giving existing Palestinians a sovereign area they could govern on their own accord. Instead of working to better their own situation or working in conjunction with the prosperous nations they bordered, the Palestinians promptly elected Hamas in 2006 to a majority in their government and immediately started launching rockets on a daily basis into southern Israel. Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) is a Saudi Arabian and Iranian funded terrorist group, as recognized by nearly the entire free world, including North America, Japan and the European Union. Hamas violently pushed out the less radical Palestinian Fatah party in 2007, creating an entirely terrorist and anti-Jewish Muslim enclave in the midst of Israeli lands. This violent overthrow in 2007 prompted the naval blockade of all non-humanitarian goods coming into and going out of the Gaza Strip. Egypt also has a blockade of goods coming into and out of Gaza, a fact that often either falls on deaf ears, or doesn’t get mentioned at all. Under irrational world pressure after recent events, Egypt has temporarily eased its blockade.
Rocket attacks were continuous from Gaza from 2005 to late 2008. After repeated attempts by the Israeli government to stop the launchings, and after warnings were given that Israel would have no choice but to militarily stop them, Hamas and Gazans pushed on. In the last days of 2008, Israel launched an offensive against terrorist forces in Gaza. For three weeks the Israeli Defense Forces shelled Gaza in an attempt to cripple Hamas strongholds and eradicate its crude rocket launching capabilities. And instead of lauding the tiny country’s right to defend herself, her borders and her people, scathing rebukes were disseminated world-wide by a complacent media and morally bankrupt United Nations Human Rights Council. The vile group veiled in human rights language issued the Goldstone report, accusing Israel of war crimes and demonizing them for using “disproportionate force” in stopping Gaza’s rocket attacks.
This brings us to the recent crisis. A so-called humanitarian aid effort organized by the “Free Gaza Movement” and funded largely by the Turkish charity IHH clashed with Israeli Naval forces resulting in 6 harbored ships, over 600 detained subjects, and 9 dead “peace activists.” Within 24 hours of the calamity a unified voice emerged saying that this was all Israeli aggression, and that they are murderers and terrorists who kill innocent women and children sparking global anti-Israeli protests. There were also calls for swift release of those detained, an international and impartial investigation of the events, and a UN Security Council issued statement condemning “acts” that resulted in the loss of life during the raid. The Obama administration also called for a credible international investigation, and one official was stated saying the current blockade was untenable. Amazing that all these groups and peoples could come together so quickly to condemn a country before most of the facts were even available.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the Israeli boarding of ships a “criminal act” saying, “We expect full solidarity with us,” and “It should not seem like a choice between Turkey and Israel. It should be a choice between right and wrong, between legal and illegal.” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Israel’s actions were an attack “on international law, the conscience of humanity and world peace.” He also likened the psychological impact of the raid to 9-11 saying, “No one should think we will keep quiet in the face of this.” Israeli Prime Minister and friend to the US Benjamin Netanyahu came back with this, “This incident was the result of an intentional provocation of forces which support Iran and its terrorist enclave, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip.” He also said this in a subsequent radio address, “This may sound like an impossible plea, or impossible request, or impossible demand, but I make it anyway, Israel should not be held to a double standard. The Jewish state has the right to defend itself, just like any other state.”
Here are the facts:
Turkish IHH, the funding organization behind the “aid” flotilla, though not recognized by the US as a terrorist organization, has clear ties to radical Islamic outfits. A clear supporter of Hamas, they have been linked to many other plots and groups over the years funding terrorism world-wide.
The so-called humanitarian effort of the Free Gaza Movement’s “peace activists” was anything but. Weeks prior the activist’s spokeswoman Greta Berlin said in an interview to the Agence France Press, “This mission is not about delivering humanitarian supplies, it’s about breaking Israel’s siege.” She also said to the BBC, “. . . why should we telegraph to the Israeli Navy . . . exactly when it is that we are going to come.” As if the flotilla spokeswoman’s own words weren’t enough, it had been documented that prior to the attempt to break the blockade, Israeli officials had offered to help deliver the aid to Gazan citizens with help from the Red Cross, if they would only dock at Israeli ports and allow the goods to be checked before distribution. The flotilla rejected Israel’s offer, choosing instead to challenge the much needed blockade, provoking a deadly response to merely score political points. Even more egregious, an IHH spokesman while denying links to Radical Islamic groups said this, “We don’t have anything against Israel. Our only aim was to carry aid to the people of Gaza.” So the financial backers of the mission say it’s about charity, but the organizers say it’s about breaking an Israeli blockade. Seems that could present a problem.
The crew members may not have been exactly as advertised as well. There were 37 British activists, many from their Green Party, who vehemently oppose Israel and support Hamas. One Arab member of the Israeli Parliament who accused Israel of a planning to kill the activists stating, “Israel prepared, expected and planned these results.” She also accused the Israeli Navy of opening fired before boarding the ships, only to admit she was below deck when the fiasco occurred and had no way of knowing. A German activist who said the Israeli’s weren’t provoked, and that they only had 2 ½ sticks to use as weapons, a claim proven completely untrue. He also said that “To speak of an act of self-defense as the Israelis are doing, is a joke.” Forty members of IHH equipped with night-vision goggles, gas masks, and life vests. About 100 crew members who were each carrying wads of about $10,000 each, destined to go to Hamas upon arrival. And to think the IHH denied that they fund terrorism…
Then there was this, Israeli Defense Forces video showing the troops being jumped by some 40 armed and masked militants after rappelling onto the deck of the 6th and largest ship. Unfortunately the IDF troops, equipped with a sidearm, only had paint ball shooting, crowd dispersing weapons upon landing on the ship. They were given strict orders not to use deadly force unless imminent threats to their lives called for it. Whether or not you believe the IDF planned accordingly and executed their search efficiently can be debated, but we cannot debate the fact that if lethal force would not have been used on the angry mob, the reports would have read, 7 Israeli troops savagely beaten to death by “peace activists.”
It’s been just over a week since the terrorist funding IHH and Free Gaza Movement activists tried to break the Israeli/Egyptian blockade to give aid to Hamas and spark an international outrage. Even though 9 of their militants ended up dead in the process, it appears their propaganda and violent tactics have worked. As usual, with unanimity the international community has declared that Israel is the culprit and needs to give up more land/money/freedom to their irrational and destitute counter parts that surround them. Equally as typical, our administration is using this clear-cut crisis to push the Israelis further into a corner and closer to full-scale appeasement of their enemies. And even though polls show nearly 2/3 of Americans still stand in full support of Israel, I believe this support is swiftly waning.
I believe it’s improper to look at this situation within a vacuum. To do so only trivializes the forces who support the Palestinians and Hamas, assigning moral equivalence to the tactics employed by those who’ve stated that they value death as much as the Jews value life. Yes the Israelis may have handled the boarding of Turkish ships poorly. Yes it may be the right thing to do to ease SOME of the blockade restrictions to ensure decent people aren’t being hurt by Gaza’s terrorist government. And yes good people can disagree on the historical precedence each of these peoples have to territories dating back thousands of years. But, what we can’t disagree on is this simple truth; if the Arabs laid down their weapons there would be no more war, if the Israelis laid down their weapons there would be no more Israel. Does anyone in the world disagree with that?