Thursday, June 10, 2010

New approach on Gaza blockade

New approach on Gaza blockade


“Obama calls for new approach on Gaza blockade” (see


I think most Israelis agree with him.  New rules need to be formulated, which are simple, straightforward and easy to understand. 


Here’s a suggestion:


Whatever Gilad Shalit has free access to is allowed into Gaza.  Whatever he is denied will also be denied.  That includes visiting Red Cross staff. And access to medical care in Israel.  And guns.  And bullets…. Let Hamas draw up the list.



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Liar, Liar pants on fire!

Liar, Liar pants on fire!


I received all these in today’s batch of emails.


Read these:

1.   Abbas tells U.S. Jews: I would never deny Jewish right to the land of Israel


2.   Palestinian President repeats acceptance of Jews' claim to the land of Israel, citing the Koran.


THEN watch this video

3.   Abbas rejects Israel as Jewish state


THEN read this:

4.   Abbas not truthful to Obama; denies PA incitement


Who is this man trying to fool?


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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Cleared for publication: Terrorists on board the Mavi Marmara

Cleared for publication: Terrorists on board the Mavi Marmara


Yesterday evening (Sunday), the IDF issued the following press release in Hebrew on its website at 

I have translated it for you here, transliterating the names as best I can.

Cleared for publication: Terrorists on board the Mavi Marmara

Sunday, 6 June 2010, 20:33

Now released for publication: Terrorists working for organizations such as Hamas and al - Qaeda were on board the Mavi Marmara, which was stopped by the IDF on her way the Gaza strip. One of the terrorists tried to enter Gaza in order to establish and train a Hamas commando unit.

IDF website 

Released this evening (Sunday) for publication: Among the passengers who were on board the ship Mavi Marmara were some directly related to terrorist activity. 

Prominent among the terrorists are:

American and British citizen and Hamas activist Ken Auakip, born in 1969. His objective was to reach the Gaza Strip in order to establish and train a Hamas commando unit.

Moroccan born French citizen and Hamas activist Ahmad Aomimon, born in 1959.

Fatima Mohammadi, born in 1979 of Iranian descent, lives in the United States and is active in the “Viva Palestine” organization. She tried to bring prohibited ielectronic components into the Gaza strip.

Turkish citizen Hassan Aeinsi, born in 1982, member of a Turkish charity trust, regularly transfered financial aid to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad; 

Turkish citizen Hussein Aurosh, assistant to the IHH organisation, who was supposed to arrive in the Gaza Strip to assist the transfer of members of Al Qaeda via Turkey.


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Thursday, June 03, 2010

What to do with the cargo?

What to do with the cargo?


Hamas cleverly created a win-win situaton for itself in manipulating "peace activists" into creating an armada against the Gaza blockade, and injecting a group of IHH Jihadists onto one of the boats. If Israel had let the armada through, Hamas would have an effective military win, with a new open arms channel via the Mediterranean.  Just a matter of time till another war - although this time with rockets that reach Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and even Cairo.


Israel chose the option of allowing Hamas a public relations win instead.  I guess we are better at war than we are at PR.  Instead of managing the collateral damage, we created a complete disaster.


By now the web is full of explanations of both why Israel was in the right, behaved correctly and legally and how the terrorists disguised as peace activists won the day.  I don't like to bore my readers with information available elsewhere, so I simply direct you to a website set up by a collegue - one of the many good sites out there on the subject.  


One item that hasn't yet received much attention is the disposition of the humanitarian aid that the armada had on board.  I don't want to labour the point that Israel had from the outset offered to transfer the aid overland through the channels that have seen so many thousands of tonnes of supplies transferred till now, in order to prevent the arms smuggling channel being opened up.


The issue is more interesting.  Israel loaded all the expired medicines, children's toys, electric wheelchairs and miscelaneous items into trucks and sent them off to Gaza, to find that Hamas refuses to let the goods into their territory!  Either an unsupervised path for goods is opened up or they don't want it!   These guys are PR professionals!  Once again using the suffering of their own people to create a PR disaster for Israel.


And what will we do?  Probably let the goods sit around on the trucks or in a warehouse rotting, losing value, taking up valuable space and requiring resources for supervision, guarding etc. just waiting to become aother expensive PR catasrophe.


Any better ideas?


Hamas should be given a 24 hour ultimatum. If you want the goods, take them immediately.  If not, we should distribute anything that meets Israeli standards to the Arabic speaking Druze and Muslim Bedouin communities who have shown their loyalty to the State of Israel over the years.  After all, none of Hamas, the donors, nor the Turkish sponsors of the armada would want Jews to benefit from their efforts.


An alternative is to take a major expeditionary force of the army, dirve the goods into Gaza, unload them somewhere convenient for us and leave.


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