by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Tell me who are your supporters/organizers and I'll tell who you are!
Israel's Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center sheds light on the nature of Turkey's IHH, the chief organizer of the flotilla to Gaza: This radical Islamic, anti-Western organization poses as a humanitarian relief fund, while supporting Hamas and several Jihadist organizations in Bosnia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Algeria, Chechnya, etc..
The IHH initiated a number of "humanitarian aid" convoys to anti-US Islamic terrorists in
According to a French intelligence report, Bulent Yildirim, the president of IHH, recruited "Jihad warriors" and transferred money, firearms and explosives to Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorists in various countries. IHH also produced documents that facilitated air travel by Islamic terrorists, posing as relief workers.
In respect to the IHH-organized Gaza mission, Israel's aim of cooperation was demonstrated by Jerusalem's offer to allow the flotilla to reach its destination (in spite of the daily flow to Gaza – via Israel - of food, oil and multitude of products) following a thorough examination of its content.
The flotilla aim of confrontation was demonstrated by its rejection of
Clash of Civilizations.
Israeli soldiers were prepared for a peaceful-takeover in face of (erroneously-assumed) civil disobedience. Therefore, they were equipped with paintball guns as the primary weapon and handguns as an emergency weapon, to be used only if facing death. They resorted to handguns in response to an attempted lynch by scores of terrorists, who assaulted the soldiers with iron pipes, knives, screwdrivers and a gun. Handguns were snatched from soldiers, by the lynching mob and directed at troops. Five boats were taken over peacefully and one (with 600 passengers) became an arena of confrontation between Israeli soldiers and terrorists. Israeli restraint minimized fatalities among terrorists.
Overall five boats were taken over peacefully and one (with 600 passengers/terrorists) became an arena of confrontation between Israeli soldiers and terrorists. Israeli restraint in fact minimized fatalities among terrorists.
Would NATO allow a "humanitarian aid" convoy, organized by the radical Islamic anti-Western IHH, to travel unchecked to a Taliban stronghold?! Would
On a final note, the "Gaza Flotilla" highlights the role of the Jewish State as the outpost of Western democracies in face of Islamic terrorist offensive. De-legitimizing and weakening
Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
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