After hearing today about Israeli commandos killing Palestinian peace activists I was mentally prepared to admonish Israel for their actions. Instead, I read more before I leaped and no will offer a few words in support and admiration for Israel.
Israel had imposed a maritime blockade off the coast of Gaza, because Israel has been in a state of armed conflict with Hamas that controls Gaza. Israel has in the past allowed relief ships to pass through the blockade, but they closed the blockade after Hamas escalated rocket attacks from from Gaza last fall. Remember that from Gaza, Hamas had been attacking Israel with rockets for years even to the point that Israel has moved schools underground. and last year stepped up their bombardment. I continue to maintain that as long as someone is attacking a nation, the nation has a right to defend it’s people. Let’s not forget the reality of Hamas that most Israeli’s deal with everyday. Hamas doesn’t want peace with Israel.
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
Preamble to The Hamas Charter
So Israel was faced with a group of ships that were intent on running the blockade to supply Gaza with aid. The rockets that Hamas fired from Gaza into came from somewhere and although the Turkish IHH who organized the flotilla maintain that only humanitarian supplies were on board, I think that Israel was motivated to be certain of this fact.
The Navy ships initially requested the ships to change course peacefully from Gaza and head for Ashdod, where they would be able to unload their aid material, which would then be transferred over land to Gaza after undergoing security inspections.
And my suspicions would be heightened after reports of those on board the flotilla chanting about the army of Mohammed returning and one person interviewed said “Right now we face one of two happy endings: either Martyrdom or reaching Gaza.” If that statement sounds more like a jihadist to you than a peaceful activists, don’t worry you’re not alone. The Turkish IHH may claim they are a merely a peace group, but much of the world recognizes that Turkish IHH also supports radical Islamic groups like Hamas, in this case.
It also doesn’t help if a Hamas organizer of the flotilla, weeks before makes the claim that with the next flotilla, “the confrontation will be directly with the Zionist enemy itself on the high seas.” It’s tough to find a lot of “peace” in those statement and not surprisingly not a lot of peace in how things unfolded.
The IDF videos provide proof that the “peace activists” that Navy commandos expected on the flotilla actually were armed extremists who had carefully planned to ambush the soldiers. One commando suffered serious wounds after a being thrown 10 meters from the bridge of one ship to the deck below.
The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose,” IDF spokesmen said.
The attackers assaulted the commandos as they descended on deck by rope from helicopters hovering above the flotilla. The Navy soldiers were virtually defenseless because of their orders as the attackers beat them with metal clubs and knives and fired at them with two pistols that had been snatched from the commandos.
The soldiers were under orders not to shoot, but the “open fire” command was given after stun grenades failed to disperse the attackers.
So given the situation I have to say that I admire Israel for sending in it’s commandos with strict orders not to shoot and I admire the Israeli commandos for their courage and discipline in this situation. Things could have been a lot worse, or better if the peace flotilla had just peacefully cooperated with Israel.
** Updated 6/2/10**
I was not surprised that President Obama sided with terrorist organizations rather than with Israel and their right to defend itself in this situation. I was very disappointed though, that he chose not to speak himself in condemnation of Israel, but instead used, Hillary Clinton. From the look on her face and her unconvincing delivery I wouldn’t be surprised to see her resign sometime soon and start her 2012 bid against Mr. Obama.
The real message from President Obama: He doesn’t want to support Israel, but he doesn’t want a sound bite of him condemning Israel either. What a South end of a North bound chicken move by our President.
Also in the video clip I saw, Secretary of State Clinton said “The United States supports the Security councils condemnation of the acts leading to this tragedy.” I hope the list of acts leading to this tragedy will start with a condemnation of this planned ambush of Israeli military.
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