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Daybreak: Israel Tries To Halt, Discredit Flotilla

Plus, are Jewish Dems leaving Obama? and more in the news

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President Obama yesterday.(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

• The efforts of an Israeli anti-flotilla legal group have apparently delayed at least two of the boats, including the American The Audacity of Hope, even as the rest of the flotilla begins to form. [NYT]

• There have also been extensive official Israeli propaganda efforts against the flotilla, including one YouTube video that turned to be a hoax. [WP]

• Ben Smith reports an unquantified trend of President Obama losing the support of some Jewish Democrats. [Politico]

• Egypt is woefully underprepared for the elections still scheduled for September, leading to fears the vote will be discredited and/or heavily favor the better organized Muslim Brotherhood. [WP]

• Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad acknowledged that U.N. recognition of statehood would be purely symbolic. [AP/Haaretz]

• In Gaza, the desert blooms on the sites of abandoned settlements. [NYT]

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“Israel Tries To Halt, Discredit Flotilla”

It doesn’t seem to have sunk-in to the hard-line left-winger MT that the flotilla is trying to discredit Israel on trumped-up accusations as well as compromise the security & safety of its citizens. Why is “lawfare” okay when used by the Pals, Hamas sycophants & various & sundry other useful idiots but is a no-no when used by pro-Israel groups? And if last year Israel was criticized for resorting to “excessive” force instead of “smart” non-violent methods, why is he now complaining when Israel doing just that?

Recently MT posted that Israel should simply let the flotilla enter Gaza as their cargo is harmless. How he could say this which such certainty from his pontification perch far-off in Manhattan is beyond me. I guess he has long range X-ray vision. Shades of Superman…

However, even assuming he is correct what he fails to realize that once the precedent is set, in other words the blockade is broken, **FUTURE** “aid” ships may well have weapons etc. secreted among their stuffed animals and out of date medications or (as was done in the past) soybeans.

Not long ago the “progressive freedom fighters” in Gaza destroyed a school bus in Israel, killing 1 & injuring 1, by firing an advanced (an expensive) Kornet antitank missile at the bus. Contrary to popular “progressive” belief antitank missiles do not grow on trees, even in Gaza. They are brought in. Hence the blockade, even with its imperfections.


Jerusalem / Efrata

Abbi says:

Dude, this wasn’t an opinion piece. It was a collection of news links. Welcome to the internet, where it is common for sites like Tablet to offer their readers links to interesting news.


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