Max Blumenthal’s Excellent Analysis of Israeli Attack

Gee, I can’t understand why the Washington Post missed all the key details that Max Blumenthal rounded up from Israeli published sources (in Hebrew and English).

The Flotilla Raid Was Not “Bungled.” The IDF Detailed Its Violent Strategy In Advance.

The Israeli military broadcast its plan for violence, inciting the Israeli public and the soldiers of Unit 13 with fevered visions of a kill-or-be-killed encounter with a group of Arab “terrorists.” The stated conditions for using live fire were arbitrary and poorly defined, giving the commandos little direction and lots of leeway to kill — at the very least the plan demanded force in some form….

Were they that stupid, or just crazy? From the details of the plan it appears that Netanyahu and his cohorts had envisioned Entebbe Part Deux, a daring anti-terror raid that would lift the sinking morale of the Israeli public while intimidating Iran and the Arab world. Though Israel may be more isolated than ever as a result of the massacre, the Netanyahu administration is reaping considerable political benefits at home.

The day after the massacre, spontaneous celebrations broke out in Ashdod, Tel Aviv, and throughout the country, bringing together right-wing elements with everyday Israelis. Over a thousand Israelis gathered tonight outside the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv to rally against the Turkish government and express their support for the raid. Multiple demonstrators including one man who has lived in Israel for 60 years told me, “What Turkey [the sponsor of the Mavi Marmara boat] has done is great. I have never seen this country more united in my entire life. We are all standing together now.” (Video coming soon).

Israeli newscasters are routinely using the term “mechabel,” or terrorist, to refer to the flotilla activists, while the violence that broke out on the deck of the Mavi Marmara is called “the lynch.” (Nevermind that zero commandos were hung and nine activists were killed, including an American citizen who was shot in the head four times.) No evidence is required to support claims in the Israeli media. The public desperately wants to believe that its government is right, so much so that Israel’s media is not even making a token effort to challenge the increasingly hysterical press releases disseminated by the IDF press office every few hours.

Hanin Zoabi, a Palestinian-Israeli member of the Knesset who was on the Mavi Marmara, was physically accosted in the Knesset by fellow legislators for attempting to relate her experience aboard the flotilla. MK Miri Regev of Likud called her a “traitor,” while Yoel Hasson of Kadima, a supposedly centrist party, denounced Zoabi as a “terrorist.” An Israeli Facebook group devoted to inciting Zoabi’s assassination has gathered 600 members in just a day and a half. In the meantime, Israel’s Interior Minster Eli Yishai is “looking into” means of stripping Zoabi of her citizenship.

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  1. WASHINGTON – June 7 –

    JOHN QUIGLEY

    Professor of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley said today: “Contrary to what many are claiming, including the New York Times in a front-page article on the Gaza flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, the vessel on which deaths occurred, is not Turkish-flagged. Although formerly Turkish-flagged, the Mavi Marmara was Comoros-flagged by the time of last week’s incident. The point may be of some significance, because Comoros, unlike Turkey, is a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Court has jurisdiction over war crimes committed on vessels registered in a state that is party to the Rome Statute.”

    FRANCIS BOYLE

    Professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Boyle said today: “The highest level officials of the Israeli government who ordered the attack upon the Mavi Marmara can be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court: Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Barak, Foreign Minister Lieberman, General Ashkenazi and the rest of the Israeli council of seven ministers who ordered this criminal attack. Furthermore, under the ICC’s Rome Statute any state party has the power to demand that these Israeli governmental officials be prosecuted.”

    Boyle’s books include “Tackling America’s Toughest Questions.” See: “Is the Israeli Blockade of Gaza Against the Law?”

    [IPA]

  2. The Israeli defenders on this (and in general everywhere) make the mistake of thinking that verbal tactics and tricks are powerful weapons, that somehow they can divert the truth, by cleverness. And the Israel they are trying to protect from criticism doesn't want their protection. The Likudniks of Israel are proudly thumbing their noses at the whole world saying "F–k you, what are you going to do about it?" They seem not to care to preserve any legititimacy that their grandparents paid so dearly for.
    All that suffering of those in the camps negated by the desire to act the bully; to "dish it out" for awhile; to rub the Arab's noses in shit. How foolish to give up the patience that sustained their people thru the milenia. The reputation for fairness – spit on. Just for a few years of being a smartass punk. Yeah! Don't mess with Israel — same redneck attitude as Don't mess with Texas — same eventual dismal end.

  3. Don’t you see? It is the Israelis that urgently need humanitarian aid and our compassion, not only their victims. We have fueled their persecution complex and their belief that they are the 'chosen ones', too long.
    A heavily armed fanatic with such a combination of pathologies is bound to be driven to acts of violence of increasing impunity, which resemble those of their once persecutors. And we all know how those monsters went down in History books.
    To stop this nauseating cycle of violence and to spare the rest of us further shame for having to always side with the Israelis, regardless of the crimes and injustices they commit, the world community should send a flotilla of shrinks to restore to the Israeli their lost Humanity.

  4. I wonder if each person in the world could vote right now on wether or not to deal with diferences using violence and death, just how many want that. Is that how you deal with your social stresses?

    Just who wants all this attacking and death? If you love others seek peace and the truth for your attitude and being is like a wave that goes out all round you. Do you see anyone else around here that is making your personal decisions? Why so much fear and frenzied killing off of group after group of alleged criminals who are often children or civilians?

    Being a patriotic member of a nation allows things you would never consider doing to your neighbors. Just remember, the flip side of the coin called arrogance is ignorance and the flip of humility is wisdom.

    How smart are we people of the Earth?

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