This morning’s end to the latest maritime Vaudeville act by a motley collection of anarchists, anti-Israel activists including an Arab Knesset Member, leftists and bored people looking for adventure may be the last attempt to break the Israel blockade to prevent terrorists and weapons from reaching Gaza by sea.
International media have not been able to whip up much anti-Israel rhetoric in their news dispatches of the peaceful takeover of the Marianne and the apparent U-turn by three other boats in the flotilla.
The voyage of the Marianne may have been the best thing for Israel since earlier this month when Hamas fired a Kassam rocket at Israeli civilians but saw it fall short of its mark and explode on a house in Gaza.
The only real success of Hamas, and the entire Palestinian Authority, has been to turn self-defeat into a principle.
Pro-Hamas activists have been trying to break the maritime blockade for more than six years, but their main aim has been to fuel the anti-Israeli media with stories about how the Israeli army is stopping good Samaritans from trying to save Gazans caught in a humanitarian crisis caused by the presumably heartless land blockade by Israel.
The establishment media finally has broken under the weight of the lies in claims by anti-Zionists.
Israel’s land “blockade” on Gaza barely exists anymore, except from Egypt, which has punished Hamas over and over by shutting down the Rafah crossing.
The maritime blockade has been upheld by none other than the United Nations, which investigated the clash on the May 2010 Mavi Mamara ship that was organized and led by Turkish-based terrorists of the IHH organization.
The U.N. report managed to criticize the IDF for using excessive force but upheld the maritime embargo as legal.
Flotilla activists have known ever since then that attacking Israeli soldiers, as the terrorist did with iron clubs on the Mavi Mamara, is going to be met with necessary force.
The crew and passengers on the Marianne did not raise a hand. The Navy commandeered the boat and took it to the port of Ashdod, where the foreigners will be deported and the Israelis will return home, with or without being arrested.
Passengers on the other boats deported themselves by choice when they decided not to follow the example of the Marianne, whose activists have set a precedent not resort to violence.
That will make it more difficult for future flotilla activists to start up with the Navy, which under any circumstances is going to win the battle.
The activists’ hope that the media would treat them as little Davids fighting a monstrous Goliath disappeared like a ship in the middle of the night.
Hamas’ open corruption and barbaric force against anyone who opposes it have torn the sails out of lies that the miserable lives of Arabs in Gaza are due to anyone or anything except Hamas.
Reuters reported the takeover of the Marianne factually and dryly, except for referring to Gaza as “the blockaded Palestinian territory,” unless it meant blockaded by Egypt.
The Associated Press was even briefer in its report.
BBC and NBC also were factual and objective in their dispatches.
The flotilla has wasted more tens for thousands of dollars. There always will be other do-good haters willing to shell out more money for another failure.
Once again the enemies of Israel gathered in boats and attempted to chart a course for peace by sailing to Gaza. This time Israel was prepared and the peace boaters were easily subdued.
Details of the flotilla and who was on board can be found here.
Following the successful deterrence of those seeking to circumvent international law, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement:
“I would like to commend the sailors and commanders of the Israel Navy for their determined and efficient action in detaining the passengers on the ship that tried to reach the Gaza coast in contravention of the law. This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region. Preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General.
Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law. We are not prepared to accept the entry of war materiel to the terrorist organizations in Gaza as has been done by sea in the past. Just last year we foiled an attempt to smuggle by sea hundreds of weapons that were destined for use in attacks against Israel’s citizens.
There is no siege on Gaza. Israel assists in transferring goods and humanitarian equipment to Gaza – approximately 800 trucks a day that have recently brought into Gaza more than 1.6 million tons of goods. Moreover, Israel assists in hundreds of humanitarian projects, through international organizations, including the building of clinics and hospitals.
Israel is a state that seeks peace and acts in accordance with international law so that the residents of Gaza might have safe lives and their children may grow up in peace and quiet.”
Another vessel has joined the latest “Freedom Flotilla” which is chugging away towards Gaza with the promise of an illegal attempt to breach Israel’s sovereign maritime boundaries.
And it appears that France — unsurprisingly — is again working both sides of the street.
Some of the troublemakers are indirectly sponsored and funded by the French government, which has provided half a million Euros ($558,400) to the Plateforme des ONG Françaises pour la Palestine (Platform of French NGOs for Palestine.
The Marianne of Gothenburg vessel, sponsored by The Platform, is the latest to join four other vessels flotilla heading towards Gaza. It set sail from Sicily last week, with such headline grabbers as former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki and Spanish MEP Anna Maria Miranda Paza.
The biggest “star” on board, however, is Israeli Arab Knesset Member Basel Ghattas (Joint List), whose presence aboard a vessel that intends to deliberately breach the blockade and break Israeli law is at the very least, controversial. The blockade itself, however, was found in an exhaustive 2011 United Nations investigation that resulted in the Palmer Report, to be entirely legal and within Israel’s sovereign rights.
One might therefore ask how to classify the criminal presence of a Knesset member aboard this vessel, despite the fact that as a lawmaker, Ghattas automatically is granted immunity. Those aboard intend to break the law by breaching a blockade designed to defend the nation against terrorist infiltration and passage of weapons to Gaza.
It is also here that the question arises regarding the sponsorship of the government of France. It was the French head of state who so passionately asserted earlier this year that French Jews need never fear terrorists, he said. France would always defend her citizens, including Jews, from terror. The plain fact is, however, Gaza spawns terrorists for export. So what is a French government-funded vessel doing in this year’s illegal “freedom flotilla?”
France took a dim view of simple wiretapping by American spies over the past several years, and that did not involve any active breach of its anti-terror defensive operations. How might Paris react were the situation with Israel were reversed?
The French government is blatantly granting funds to the Plateform via the ‘Agence Française de Développement’ (AFD) or French Development Agency. The AFD is the French government agency equivalent of USAID, carrying out global “sustainable development programs.” Other French, Palestinian and Israeli NGOs receive direct funding not only via AFD, but also through the French Consulate in Jerusalem, according to the watchdog organization NGO Monitor.
The Platform umbrella group is active in the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel and shelters more than 40 anti-Israel organizations. Included is the CCFD-Terre Solidaire, which received a three-year grant of 770,032 Euros ($859,971) from France in April 2014, the NGO Monitor reported. CCFD gleans its information from its Israeli anti-Israel partners such as Zochrot, Breaking the Silence, HaMoked and Sadaka-Reut.
In March 2014, it received a three-year grant of 225,000 Euros from AFD for work in “Palestine.” According to a 2014 NGO Monitor report the group also received thousands of Euros in donations from French lawmakers as well.
The Platform, with all of its member organizations, demands the European Union sever all ties, relations and agreements with the State of Israel. Dozens of other French and other anti-Israel organizations are also receiving French government funds to carry out actions against Israeli government policy and disrupt domestic affairs on her own soil as well.
How should all this be viewed by the leadership and citizens of the Jewish State?
I was thinking, what’s the most productive way Israel could handle this latest Hamas supporting flotilla to Gaza.
Presumably the IDF will simply bring them to Ashdod, where they’ll then be allowed into Gaza (assuming they’re allowed into Israel) via one of the open land crossings that ships in humanitarian supplies every single day.
But that’s not really the most effective use of these anti-Israel activists who must love their Islamic terrorists.
With so much killing and misery in the region, there are far better places the flotilla could go.
Obviously We could send them to a beach in Tunisia and ask them to help the tourists hoping to escape the Islamic terrorists, but the tourists might be on wrong side of their equation.
We could send them to the Sinai, and they can enter Gaza through Egypt’s border. Oops. Egypt like to keep it closed because of the Gazan terrorism.
So the best move would be to send them to Syria. There they can select whichever Islamic group they want to help… Hezbollah, ISIS, Al Qaida, all of them even… there’s so many to choose from over there.
And with a few hundred thousand Syrians dead, the flotilla fools won’t even have to look like the hypocrites and anti-Semites they are.
The first of three or four boats trying to break Israel’s anti-terror maritime embargo on Gaza left the Greek island of Crete Friday morning and is scheduled to dock in Gaza on Sunday or morning.
Israel has said that the boats will not reach Gaza under any circumstances.
The Israeli Navy will stop the flotilla, as it has done in the past, but activists say that since the Marianne of Gothenburg boat flies the Swedish flag, Israel could be accused of a war crime
“War crime” is the buzz words these days, usually referring to any action by Israel that does not further the aims of the Palestinian Authority, which yesterday said it is bringing to the International Criminal Court (ICC) charges that building homes for Jews and a highway in Jerusalem are war crimes.
Pro-Hamas activists have learned their lessons from previous publicity stunts and are keeping mum on the boats’ location, a rather childish act since the IDF has enough surveillance equipment to know exactly where they are without any help from the flotilla’s public relations staff.
The departure date of the flotilla had been delayed. Activists claim that Israeli agents sabotaged at least one of the boats, but others say that inclement weather forced the activists to postpone their trip.
As usual, the activists are trying to attract as much attentions as possible and have brought an Israeli Arab Knesset Member with them. MK Basel Ghattas and a former Tunisian president are among the 70 people on board the lead ship.
Organizers of the flotillas have assured Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that they are not bringing any weapons with them. In 2010, Turkish-based terrorists used iron bars and two pistols to challenge Israeli Navy officers who boarded the Mavi Mamara ship. Ten of the terrorists were killed in the clash.
“If there is some kind of violent confrontation, it won’t come from our side,” a left-wing Israeli activist said.
The Marianne is carrying one solar panel and medical supplies, all of which can easily reach Gaza by land from Israel. A single solar panel is absolutely useless, except as propaganda to “con the world,” as seen in the video below.
Lost in the hype and reports by establishment media that are hungry for anti-Israel news is the fact the solar panels and medical supplies cannot enter Gaza so freely from Egypt, which has blocked passage several times, including this past month.
The last word in the new flotilla stunt already has been written: The IDF will stop the boats before they can get too close to Gaza, the Foreign Ministry told The JewishPress.com.
If the passengers indeed are unarmed, the whole scene will be a circus for the media.
The IDF will warn the captain of the boats not to proceed. He will refuse, forcing the Navy to surround the ships.
The Navy officers will try to find a way to take over the wheel if the captain does not cooperate.
Everyone will arrive in the port of Ashdod, and the passengers will call the soldiers “war criminals” and perhaps will sit down in a circle and clasp hands, singing “We shall overcome” as four soldiers haul each passenger off the boat.
The news photographers will love it, and perhaps Gaza terrorists will celebrate by launching a rocket or two at Israel.
If they are lucky, the missiles won’t fall short and explode on a house in Gaza, in which case Israel would be accused of committing a war crime because the “occupation made them do it.”
Below is the video “We Con the World,” produce by the Latma satirical group after the Mavi Mamaras clash five years ago.