President Obama and the rest of the United States government should immediately and unequivocally condemn all of the activists who used live weapons, stun grenades, metal poles and other weapons to viciously attack Israel naval forces without provocation.
The Israelis boarded the vessel off the coast of Gaza to make sure the vessel wasn’t smuggling rockets and other war materials to the Hamas organization which is at war with Israel. They had every legal right to do so and were following international law. Yet five Israel commandos were wounded in the attacks against them. They returned fire to protect their own lives. The left-wing activists — some of them with ties to Radical Islamic terror organizations, including Hamas — engaged in premediatated acts of violence against Israel. What’s more, they began attacking the Israelis before the Israelis were even able to board the ships, as new videos show.
Why is the U.S. hesitating to speak out strongly and decisively in defense of Israel, our most faithful ally in the Middle East?
The Israelis have made it clear that they welcome humanitarian aid coming for the people of Gaza, but have insisted that the aid be transferred through safe and legal channels. “The ships participating in the flotilla were repeatedly offered to land the vessels in the Israeli port of Ashdod, and to transfer their aid through the existing land crossings, in accordance with established security procedures,” said Israeli Ambassador Aharon Leshno Yaar, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, Geneva, in testimony before the U.N. Human Rights Council. “But all our overtures were outright rejected.
As more details emerge, it is increasingly clear that a Turkish group with ties to Hamas and other terrorists groups organized, funded, staffed and provoked the confrontation with the Israeli navy. Now, the Turkish government — a member of NATO — is using the premeditated violence as a pretext to build a global movement to condemn Israel. Sadly, Turkey is steadily turning against Israel, consistent with the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecies.
- New Turkish ship heading for Gaza; Israel concerned Turkish warships could accompany future flotilla
- Turkey urges world to punish Israel for ‘bloody massacre’
- Turkey’s parliament urges government to review political, military ties with Israel
- Turkey maintains push for Israel sanctions
- NYT: Turkish Funds Helped Group Test Blockade of Gaza
- Turkey wants US condemnation of Israeli raid