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Aronite Thinking-Israel,Hamas and the Flotillas of Terror Aid

Aronite Thinking-Israel,Hamas and the Flotillas of Terror Aid

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The Christian Science Monitor aptly lashes out in its editorial-the rhetorical response from Turkish officials has been over the top. The response fails to take into account the confusion on board the main aid ship Marmara and violence from both sides. It overlooks advance diplomatic attempts by Israel to head off the blockade-running flotilla. It forgets the existential threat to Israel by Hamas, and Turkey’s own struggle with Kurdish terrorists
The Christian Science Monitor aptly lashes out in its editorial-the rhetorical response from Turkish officials has been over the top. The response fails to take into account the confusion on board the main aid ship Marmara and violence from both sides. It overlooks advance diplomatic attempts by Israel to head off the blockade-running flotilla. It forgets the existential threat to Israel by Hamas, and Turkey’s own struggle with Kurdish terrorists

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Hamas, Israel, and the Gaza flotilla: sevenfacts you need to know
 The Christian Science Monitor criticised theRuckus Turkey had been racking up in itseditorial -
Even considering the shock and sorrow over the tragic deathsof eight Turks and a Turkish-American aboard the Gaza- bound flotilla of Turkish vessels, the rhetorical response fromTurkish officials has been over the top. The response fails totake into account the confusion on board the main aid shipMarmara and violence from both sides. It overlooks advancediplomatic attempts by Israel to head off the blockade-runningflotilla. It forgets the existential threat to Israel by Hamas, andTurkey’s own struggle with Kurdish terrorists. It makes lightof the word “massacre,” which is the polite way in Turkey todescribe the killing of Armenians at the breakup of theOttoman Empire.This issue of 
 Aronite thinking 
looks into both.
 The Monitor published the very pertinent factsregarding the brouhaha by Nadav Tamir-
Amid a barrage of criticism of Israel, fair-mindedobservers should consider these seven facts before judgingthe flotilla raid.
By
/ June 3, 2010
 
BostonIn the torrent of rage and confusion generated by the loss of life when the Israeli Navy
on theGaza Strip this week, there has been a regrettable overlookingof certain fundamental facts. As is so frequently the case,these facts have gotten buried in the rubble of politicalrhetoric. In order to prevent this incident from having adeleterious effect on the peace process going forward, thefollowing must be understood:Mourners pray by the coffins of victims of the Israeli raid of the Gaza flotilla, as they are carried at the end of the religiousfuneral service at the Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey,Thursday.Ibrahim Usta/AP
Fact 1:
The Gaza Strip is an armed camp, ruled with an ironfist by a repressive Hamas regime that has not only repeatedly pledged itself to the annihilation of Israel and the torpedoingof any prospects for Middle East peace, but has made good onits pledges by firing approximately 10,000 missiles, rockets,and mortar bombs at Israeli civilians over the past severalyears for the express purpose of killing or wounding thosecivilians or, at a minimum, terrifying them.
Fact 2:
The United States, the European Union, and theinternational community have recognized that Hamas is aterrorist enterprise, which surely is beyond dispute.
Fact 3:
When faced with an armed enemy committed to itsdestruction, which has done its very best to make war againstIsraeli civilians, Israel has two choices: to try to protect itscivilians from those attacks, or to simply shrug its shouldersand hope that the attacks stop. There is, quite simply, nonation on earth that would choose the latter course, and noreasonable and fair-minded person who would expect it to.
 
Fact 4:
In an effort to stop the missiles from beingmanufactured and used against it, and only for that reason,Israel has been forced to try to keep the materials used for that purpose out of the Gaza Strip. This is an obvious step neededto prevent the kind of war that caused so much destruction in2008, when the increase in attacks by Hamas and its alliesagainst Israeli civilians eventually triggered an Israeliresponse to stop them. There can be no real doubt that Israel isentitled to keep weapons of war from being used against it.
Fact 5:
Israel repeatedly, and expressly, made clear to thosewho organized the effortto break the embargo that it wouldwillingly take all of the humanitarian aid that was on their  boats and transfer it to Gaza, without delay. All that Israelwanted was to be able to ensure that materials were, in fact,humanitarian aid, rather than the sorts of materials used for launching attacks that are supplied to Hamas by the Iraniansand others. The organizers of the flotilla refused – because, of course, getting humanitarian aid to Gaza was not what their gambit was really about
Fact 6:
Israel regularly provides humanitarian aid to Gaza,and volunteering to get the humanitarian aid from the ships toGaza was consistent with Israeli policy all along.And
Fact 7
, which is now coming to light several days after the initial and predictable barrage of criticism of Israel: Thoseon at least one of the ships planned all along to attack Israeliswhen they sought to enforce the embargo, and indeed, their attack on the Israelis was brutal.This fact has been starkly captured in video widely circulatingaround the Internet, showing the vicious beatings initiated bythose on board one of the ships against Israelis, who for their  part had been instructed to refrain from using any force if atall possible. Indeed, in Israel the military is being criticized

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