by Charles Krauthammer
Israel is accused of international criminality, writes columnist Charles Krauthammer, for doing precisely what John Kennedy did during the Cuban missile crisis: impose a naval blockade to prevent a hostile state from acquiring lethal weaponry.
But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes, the blockade is not just perfectly rational, it is perfectly legal.
In World War II, with full international legality, the
Oh, but weren't the Gaza-bound ships on a mission of humanitarian relief? No. Otherwise they would have accepted
Why was the offer refused? Because, as organizer Greta Berlin admitted, the flotilla was not about humanitarian relief but about breaking the blockade, i.e., ending
But even more important, why did
Forward defense: As a small, densely populated country surrounded by hostile states, Israel had, for its first half-century, adopted forward defense — fighting wars on enemy territory (such as the Sinai and Golan Heights) rather than its own.
Where possible (Sinai, for example)
But under overwhelming outside pressure,
Land for peace. Remember? Well, during the past decade,
The result? The
Passive defense: Without forward or active defense,
But, if none of these are permissible, what's left?
Nothing. The whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive
The world is tired of these troublesome Jews, six million — that number again — hard by the
Charles Krauthammer's column appears regularly on editorial pages of The Times.
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