In the early hours of May 31st, Israeli Defense Forces boarded ships claiming to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. Since 2007, Israel has maintained a defensive naval blockade to prevent rocket supplies and terrorists from reaching Hamas and fortifying advanced offensive positions close to Israeli citizens.
Convoy captains ignored orders to divert to the nearby port so passengers and contents of the vessels could be inspected. Israel assured the volunteers that, after proper search, supplies of humanitarian nature would reach Gaza inhabitants, but the boats continued on their course.
Determination to force entry to Gaza justified Israeli commandos boarding the main vessel, where they were attacked by the “peaceful” pro-Palestinian representatives armed with knives and pipes. According to early reports, one of the Gaza-bound workers seized an Israeli gun and began firing. Several volunteers and Israeli soldiers were killed in the ensuing exchange. Eventually, the subdued “missionaries” and their ships were brought to Ashdod.
From start to finish, the Humanitarian flotilla was a textbook operation in the chief war against Israel, the war of global opinion. Those who organized the convoy were well aware that, arriving in proximity to Gaza, they would be stopped by Israeli Defense Forces. The purpose of the convey was to choreograph another drama in which Israel would be obliged to choose between being cast on the international stage as the evil starvers of innocent, trapped women and children, or avoiding the censure by allowing ships, possibly carrying weapons and warriors, into Gaza.
For Israel to survive, she needs the moral and physical support of the United States. The Leftist strategists trying to sever this support are using lessons learned about us during the last wars we have fought; wars are won or lost by the microphone and the camera. A still-shot of “heartless” Israelis denying food, clothing, and Kleenex to a camp population is Oscar Worthy and is more lethal than the rockets stowed under the bandage rolls. It is an image stolen from real occupation, an image intended to confuse the victims with the perpetrators and provoke universal outrage against innocent Isralis and extort pity for people who elected genocidal terrorists to run their government.
The Israel Haters Club will howl and get their poignant video footage from Al Jazeera, who, as always, just happened to be on hand. The knife-brandishing doves will have purchased at the cost of lives they hold so cheaply another opportunity to wail the Occupation Narrative.
The knives are already sharpened over at the Huffington Post:
“Israeli commandos on Monday stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens after encountering unexpected resistance as the forces boarded the vessels.”
The operation in international waters off the Gaza coast was a nightmare scenario for Israel that looked certain to further damage its international standing, strain already tense relations with Turkey and draw unwanted attention to Gaza’s plight.
“These savages are killing people here, please help,” a Turkish television reporter said. The broadcast ended with a voice shouting in Hebrew, “Everybody shut up!”
If the attempt to elicit sentimental universal condemnation of Israel is to be thwarted, the only real weapon is fact. Discover the Networks provides information crucial to dispelling the “founding myths,” of “Palestine.” Israel 101, Does Israel Have the Right to Exist? Does the United States?, and What Really Happened in the Middle East, give extensive and irrefutable documentation that the victims in the war are the citizens of Israel, and the aggressors are the terrorists who wish to annihilate them. As Joseph Klein reports in How Hamas Tortures Gaza, the chant of Hamas, upon its takeover of Gaza in 2006 was and remains:
“The earthquake in the Zionist towns will start again and the aggressors will have no choice but to prepare their coffins or their luggage.”
It is no surprise that examination of the “Relief Boats” exposed shipments of weapons, undoubtedly destined for use by Hamas to shake the earth.
The international political consensus, the media, and even “un-biased” UN NGO’s form their own blockade around the truth. We can win the battle for support for Israel here by running this blockade, by educating ourselves and those we know about the reality of the War on Israel.