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What Happened at Sea

The Flotilla fallout

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An IDF speedboat escorts a boarded ship to Ashdod, Israel.(Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

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Marty Janner says:

It is apparent that Israel took the bait and ran with it! How sad that an entity can in one stupid act create a situation that negates their rights in the eyes of the world.

The issue now is that President Obama along with his many problems, is confronted with a situation that appears to be insurmountable, whatever develops, it’s a no win event!

The one true friend Israel enjoys having is now put to the test. Being a life long supporter, I have mixed emotions. Where do I stand?

Frank Young says:

Honestly, with all of the Jewish people working in P.R., you’d think that someone in the Israeli government would have had the sense to let this motley crew land in Gaza. Now the publicity seekers have all the publicity that they could have ever dreamed of and the government of Turkey is caught between a rock and a hard place. When the time comes to seek allies against Iran, this incident will still be echoing.

What a mess.

It seems that you’ve just seen what you wanted to see. I watched that video too. You know what I saw? Innocent civilians being fired upon. Our relationship with Israel is costing the U.S. valuable political capital in the middle east. The U.S. financially supports Israel. We could stop this blockade madness by yanking our international aid.

Shalom Freedman says:

Israel is to be faulted for not anticipating the violent actions of the people on board they ship. When the Navy commandos descended one by one they were attacked with knives and sticks by a horde of ‘activists’. The commander of the operation was thrown off the deck and seriously injured. In the course of this two weapons were stolen from Israeli soldiers. And they were fired upon with these weapons. At first the Israeli soldiers were restrained, but when they saw their comrades in danger they fired upon them. I do not know the exact count but somewhere from five to ten people were killed.
The operation was disastrous from a public- relations position for instead of the terrorists who initiated the violence being condemned there was widespread condemnation of Israel. The U.S. is to be commended for saying that it believed the Israeli version of the events. The U.N. Security Resolution however bad condemned ‘acts’ thus having too a reference to the pro-Palestinian elements. But a honest and fair way of of seeing it would point out that Israel had done the maximum to prevent violence and was then attacked.
The major point however is in the way one sees the blockade of Gaza, and Israel’s relation to ‘Hamas’ in Gaza. Few of the news sources troubled to point out that Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel, and is violent anti- Semitic organization. Few point out the context of Israel’s long struggle against terror.
Most of the world condemns Israel without really understanding the character of the society. It too is a society in which people and institutions can be criticized, learn from that and correct themselves. Let’s hope this is what happens here.

steve says:

The first shots fired were by the “peace” activists. The iron poles and knives were the first weapons drawn and those were by the “peace” activists (unless the Israeli soldier got his paintball gun drawn first). Supporting democracies in the world against fascists and terrorists always costs the US political capital. As for that valuable US aid to Israel? Most of that $3Billion (Egypt gets more by the way and I understand it goes to Egypt for who knows what) that Israel receives is in military weapons credits. The money stays here and goes to Grumman, Lockheed and Northrop. Take the money from Israel and many more US employees lose their jobs.

Garry says:

What happened at sea is not important. What is important and what enrages the Muslim world is that Israel will not be a Dhimmi nation.

Alexander Diamond says:

All the ships but one went peacefully to Ashdod with their cargo for Gaza. On that one ship were the hot heads, the morons who had plans other than to deliver supplies. They got what they deserved but, unfortunately Israel has to pay the price for its freedom and democracy.

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