Israel under angreb

Diverse — Drokles on June 1, 2010 at 4:22 am

Ramaskriget over Israels hævdelse af deres Gaza-blokade er ganske forudsigeligt. Flere kommentatorer har luftet den ide at aktionen intet andet formål har end at sætte Israel i et dårligt lys og frembringe ofre og martyrer for åbent tæppe. Og med afvisningen af Israels og Ægyptens(!) tilbud om at aflevere nødhjælpen over land er det vanskeligt at får anden tanke. Jerusalem Post skriver

Israel’s sanctions, which restrict fuel and gas supplies and prevent the import of many construction materials, have hit the Gaza population hard. However, they are applied in accordance with international law and are carefully monitored by the Supreme Court. They are designed to prevent Hamas from importing materials that can be used to created weapons and fortifications, or using fuel and gas to operate arms production.

And though many are suffering, Israel is careful to ensure that basic necessities are supplied and that those in need of medical care outside Gaza receive it, even if in the past some have taken advantage of this humanitarian leniency to advance terrorism. Incidentally, there is evidence that at least some Gazans are enjoying a higher standard of living. Just last week, the As-Sadaka Club celebrated the opening of a new Olympic-size swimming pool, Gaza’s first, and a manager at the Roots Club in Gaza City proudly confirmed to journalist Tom Gross that business was booming and that many Palestinian and international guests were dining on a wide array of gourmet dishes. A spokesman for the Hamas Interior Ministry said his ministry had finalized a plan to provide security protection from al-Qaida-inspired terrorists at holiday sites such as restaurants and beaches this summer.

ISRAEL AND Egypt implemented sanctions after Hamas violently took over the Gaza Strip from Fatah in June 2007 amid bloody fighting that left 161 Palestinians dead, including seven children. They are aimed at forcing Hamas to give up its armed struggle against Israel and recognize Israel’s right to exist. This is part of a wider international strategy to isolate Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the US, the EU, Japan, Britain, Australia and Canada.

Politiken kan citere terrorforsker Evan Kohlmann for denne beskrivelse af en af organisationerne tyrkiske IHHs taktik bag flådemanøvren

»Ved at maskere deres militante aktiviteter som velgørenhed opdagede yderligtgående militante, at de kunne fastholde deres effektivitet, mens de kunne arbejde med ganske få restriktioner på internationalt niveau«

Det var IHHs skib Marmara hvor bagholdet blev lagt. Og et baghold det var det, som David Horovitz fortæller i Jerusalem Post

Obviously, many of those in the “Freedom Flotilla” were not engaged in a humanitarian mission. Had that been their prime motivation, they would have accepted Israel’s offer to escort them to Ashdod Port and arrange for the delivery of their supplies to Gaza, after security checks, over land. They also would have agreed without hesitation to convey a package from the family of the Israeli soldier held hostage by Hamas for almost four years in Gaza, Gilad Schalit.

Obviously, too, many of those who sailed toward Gaza were not “peace activists.” While those aboard five of the vessels in the flotilla did not violently oppose the IDF soldiers who came to intercept them, the video footage released by the IDF in the course of Monday confirmed earlier official descriptions by Israel of soldiers being premeditatedly and ruthlessly attacked as they tried to board the largest of the vessels, the Mavi Marmara.

Inexplicably, only a small contingent of naval commandos was dispatched to take control of a ship carrying hundreds of activists. And the commandos came on board carrying paintball guns, apparently under the misconception that the takeover of the Mavi Marmara would be, if not a game, then certainly not a confrontation with an enemy.

The IDF’s intelligence was clearly deeply flawed. As the footage showed, the outnumbered, under-equipped and incorrectly prepared commandos found themselves not grappling with unruly peace activists or demonstrators, to whom they had been ordered to show “restraint,” but being viciously attacked before they had barely set foot on deck. The clips showed clusters of people swarming around each of the commandos, and beating them over and over with clubs and bars in scenes sickeningly reminiscent of the lynching of IDF reservists in the Ramallah police station 10 years ago.

There was footage of one of the “activists” stabbing a soldier, of a petrol bomb being thrown at the troops, a stun grenade. And the troops themselves reported being sprayed with tear gas, attacked with iron bars, knives and sticks, and of efforts, reportedly successful in at least one case, to grab the pistols some were also carrying. There were reports of gunfire directed at the troops, and of soldiers jumping into the sea to escape attack.

Soldiers were fighting for their lives, said the IDF spokesman, Avi Benayahu (in Hebrew). “It was a lynch. It was an ambush.”

The navy chief, Eliezer Marom, told an early afternoon press conference that the resulting toll of the dead and injured could have been “much worse,” that the confrontation could have ended even more unhappily.

Yossi Melman sammenligner i Haaretz pr-logikken med det legendariske Exodus skib.

Despite having its eyes wide open, Israel fell into a trap. Israel knew that the organizers of the flotilla wanted to present the Israel Defense Forces to the world as an army that does not hesitate to use force. The flotilla organizers wanted deaths, casualties, blood and billows of smoke. And this is exactly what Israel gave them.

Og så foreslår Melman ellers en række andre løsningsmodeller Israel kunne og burde have brugt i stedet men konstaterer ildevarslende at “…apparently the days in which Israeli agents could operate freely in friendly countries are gone.” Og det ser skam dårligt ud for Israel med vennetabet. Hamas har ifølge Zvi Bar’el i Haaretz opnået at uanset, hvad det stadigt mere islamisk orienterede Tyrkiet gør vil det være til skade for Israel.

Turkey has many options, and every one will affect Israel negatively. Among the available options are a lawsuit against Israel for violating international law and attacking Turkish vessels without provocation, calling on the UN Security Council for an emergency meeting, and engaging Egypt in direct talks in order to convince Cairo to open the Rafah crossing and to officially recognize the Hamas government.

The various political and diplomatic options that stand before Turkey also play well into the hands of Hamas, which has been granted Turkish and international support, and is now demanding of Egypt to quit acting like Israel and open the Rafah crossing with Gaza.

With this move, Hamas hopes to shatter the policy of sanctions Israel has imposed on Gaza. Egypt hoped it would not have to get involved in blocking the Gaza aid convoy and that Israel would take the responsibility exclusively upon itself. But Cairo is now starting to feel the strain, and is beginning to understand that it will need to provide practical answers to the public pressure Turkey and other Arab states are exerting.

Israel lider den kranke skæbne at være befolket af de uglesete jøder, som islamister og venstrefløjsere kan enes om at hade mere eller mindre åbenlyst. Ingen hensyn tages der til landets situation omgivet af fjender, som det, der arbejder dag og nat på dets destruktion. Men al opmærksomhed på det mindste brud på formalia, som Petra Marquard Bigman pointerer i Jerusalem Post

Accusing Israel of “apartheid”, bigotry and discrimination against the country’s non-Jewish minorities as well as Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza is something of a cottage industry that keeps many bloggers and commentators very, very busy. Israel’s Arab neighbors are of course held to a very different standard and therefore, the plight of minorities in Arab countries is often not considered newsworthy.

To highlight these different standards is not just “whataboutery“, because the obsessive focus on Israel’s shortcomings - some of them real, many shamelessly fabricated - produces a grossly distorted perception of the Middle East that makes it difficult for people outside the region to understand why the Middle East is such a fertile breeding ground for extremism.

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal provided an excellent, though inevitably depressing reminder of the deep-seated intolerance that contributes greatly to keeping the Middle East backward and conflict-ridden. The article, by Moheb Zaki, highlighted the difficult situation of Egypt’s ancient Christian community, the Copts.

A website maintained by a group of Copts picked up on this article and posted a follow-up piece that adds much interesting, and indeed shocking, background information on the systematic discrimination and increasing violence that Eygpt’s Christians have to endure.

Mankell og andre mindre prominente nyttige idioter kunne tage fat på det problem. Men de frygter nok Ægyptisk justits mere end den israelske retsstats. Og her er jo heller ingen jøder man kan placere i skurkerollen.

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