The response to the recent flotilla
effort to run the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza, once again
underscores the general world view that when it comes to Israel facts
account for nothing.
With the rise of terrorist activity
against our own country, it would be wise for Americans, unlike
Europeans and the United Nations, to take heed of the facts on the
ground in the middle east.
Chief among these facts is that in an
election urged by our own Secretary of State Rice, the residents of
Gaza elected Hamas to serve as their officials. Classified as a
terrorist organization by our own government, Hamas calls for the
destruction of the State of Israel rejecting a two state peace plan.
The residents of Gaza are not the innocents some wish to portray them
Here are some other interesting facts that deserve your attention:
- Israel transfers about 15,000 tons
of supplies and humanitarian aid every week to the people of Gaza.
- Lawyers representing the family of
Gilad Shalit, the kidnapped Israeli soldier held in isolation, had
asked the protestors to take aid for him, they refused.
- Israel offered the ship to dock in
Ashdod port and they would transfer the aid to Gaza. This offer was
made again and again – they refused.
- Israel has said that it will
deliver any humanitarian aid that was in the boats to Gaza, as it
- Israel left Gaza in hopes of peace
in 2005 and in return received more than 10,000 rockets and
terrorist attacks. Israel has sought peace and compromise with its
neighbors for all of its 62 years and it will continue to do so.
- Israel maintains a maritime
blockade to ensure that weapons are not brought in by Hamas to use
in attacks against Israel.
- “We fully intend to go to
Gaza regardless of any intimidation or threats of violence against
us, they are going to have to forcefully stop us,” said one of
the flotilla’s organizers.
- In the past, terrorist
sympathizers have used aid deliveries to smuggle items like
potassium nitrate in sugar sacks and used it to make bombs. Israel
cannot afford to let goods get to Hamas unchecked.
- Five boats were boarded, the
protestors complied and they were safely let to shore.
- One boat – the Mavi Marmara
– did not comply. That is the boat where the violence took
- This was meant to provoke –
it was funded and organized by a Turkish Islamist organization (IHH)
that has links to fundamentalist jihadi groups. The ship was flying
under the Turkish flag.
- Those on board carried out
pre-planned violence, armed with knives and metal bars, each soldier
being attacked by a mob of a dozen extremists. They threw one
soldier off the top deck of the ship.
- The Israeli government maintains
that allowing the illegal flotilla to reach Hamas would have opened
a corridor of smuggling of weapons to Gaza and resulting in civilian
- Using the Arabic term ‘intifada,’
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said “We call on all Arabs and
Muslims to rise up in front of Zionist embassies across the whole
- As the flotilla made its way to
meet him in Gaza, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said this week: “If
the ships reach Gaza it is a victory; if they are intercepted, it
will be a victory too.”
- Turkey permitted the Marmara to
fly under its flag. Turkey knew that the IHH (Turkish Humanitarian
Relief Foundation) had organized the Flotilla, and supports the
genocidal terrorist organization Hamas, several Jihadist
organizations in Bosnia, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere, and has
ties with Al Qaeda. But Turkey did not prevent the Flotilla from
disembarking and attacking Israel’s sovereign right to protect
itself from terrorists attempting to enter Gaza. Now Turkey is
condemning Israel for the unfortunate casualties, and is leading the
charge to condemn Israel at the U.N. It is Turkey that should be
condemned by the United Nations for its role in this brutal trap set
- Hamas is responsible for the
suffering of both Palestinians and Israelis. Their racist charter
calls for Islamic domination; their stance is unchanged and they
repress any Palestinians that try and counter their regime.
- Any police force in the world
would respond to aggression; the provocation is the reason for this
regrettable outcome. No country would allow illegal entry of any
vessel into their waters without a security check.
Facts do count! They count for those
earnestly committed to resolving conflict. Ignoring facts only helps
those who wish to confirm their own bias at the expense of other