Video Update: Israel’s Mishandling Of The Flotilla Confrontation

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May 31, 2010

Update: Video added below via here. Liberty Pundits has more – see sidebar for posts. Lest anyone think this was Israel's fault.

As an ally, I wish Israel would become more sensitive to America's domestic politics. They could have gone a long way to improve relations, particularly with Obama, with the flotilla confrontation. They should have driven the flotilla into the Gulf of Mexico, then sunk the terrorist enabling bastard's ships over the BP oil well. I mean, come on, that's killing two birds with one freaking stone! And I thought they were smart!

John Hawkins surveys the Left and Right in reaction to the attack on Israeli forces doing their duty on this, our American Memorial Day.

Now, it's worth noting that the Left and Right have had a VERY different reaction to this incident. Let's take a look at some typical responses from the Right:

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Comments:
  1. Gary Ogletree says:

    Maybe frogmen could have destroyed the boats’ rudders, make them drift with wind and currents. No Israelis would have been hurt. The IDF burned these soldiers, they should have known there would be Hamas thugs on board. Next time sink them.

  2. fkd says:

    The reactions of American Left are similar to most of the rest of the democratic world’s reactions (other than Israel of course). American Right is the odd one out here.

  3. Liberty60 says:

    Regardless of who fired the first shot, of who tried to hit whom, the fact is that Israel is laying siege to Gaza, effectively turning it into a prison for the people there.
    Hamas isn’t a very sympathetic organization, and the Palestinians have done a lot to create this problem.
    But Israel isn’t helping the cause of a two-state solution, or a one-state solution by stealing the Palestinian’s land by way of settlements.

  4. Lightwave says:

    On the other hand if you’re trying to force a recalcitrant, naive, and stupid American president into realizing that WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BACK ISRAEL, then this is it.
    Realize that this was done for Barack Obama. He must now make a choice between Israel and Islam. His response defines his presidency. If he chooses Islam here, he will not make it to the end of his first term before he is impeached by a Republican Congress…and rightfully so.

  5. Mo says:

    No one is “stealing” Palestinian land. There was no “Palestine”. Land was won fairly in war from Jordan, and in fact, the main block of settlements are on land the Jordanians stole from the Israelis. Jordan also happened to make a peace treaty with Israel and then did not live up to its end of the treaty, and that’s why Jews were denied any access to the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem for 19 years, and says “never again” to giving it back to the Palestinians.
    Hamas isn’t an org to be sympathetic to? Why would you say that? Because of when they threw Fatah opposition off of tall buildings in Gaza? Because of their intolerance of any of the basic rights we take for granted here in the U.S. and for that mater, in Israel? (Yes, I was there, not long ago, and gosh, I saw hundreds of Arab Muslims walking around, and no one was bothering them, not that anyone cares).
    Lastly, the canard about Gaza being a Prison.
    http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001114.html
    http://soccerdad.baltiblogs.com/archives/2010/05/25/gaza_you_can_never_have_too_many_snickers_bars.html
    I can find many more. Gaza is not hurting for goods. There was zero need for this flotilla, except as political theater. Israel runs trucks in all the time (though personally, I wish they WOULD starve the bastards. No other country treats an enemy that has sworn to annihilate them like this).
    There can be no one-state solution. There shouldn’t be a two-state solution. The Palestinians had a chance to do that in ’47-48, and when Arafat the Murderer was offered up 97% of what he wanted, but instead chose the path of death and destruction for his people. ENOUGH of the PALESTINIANS. They deserve nothing but what they hand out. They want to change and make a real peace, fine, Israel would do it tomorrow. But as far as I’m concerned, they don’t even deserve the chance anymore.

  6. baruch hashem says:

    This shaygitz yehudim of zionism-freemasonry, are the worst criminals of the world.I loved them many years, but now I hate them from all my heart!!!

  7. unseen says:

    you know what they need over there is a good old fashioned war with no quarter asked or given. the survivors on both sides will IMO be more likely to keep the peace. There is nothing like a bloody, merciless war to bring peace for generations. Look at germany and Japan. warlike for centuries until they got their clocks cleaned now they are peace doves. Sometimes the only answer is war

  8. kansas says:

    Doesn’t Gaza have a border with Egypt? But no, the Israeli border is the only one that gets any mention. I think the only problem here is there were not nearly enough martyrs.

  9. JP says:

    There are Two countries involved in Blockading Gaza. The Egyptians are also blockading the Strip. The Egyptians even offered a safe port and to help hand out any aid that did not violate the embargoes. The ship refused, but notice they did not try to run the part of the blockade handled by Egypt. Getting blown out of the water by Egypt would not engender the same panty twisting cries from the lefto fools.

  10. Will Stamford says:

    If I’m sitting in my house and somebody decides to drop some soldiers off on my roof, it’s my fault for protecting myself?

  11. Stogie says:

    Will Stamford, your remarks sound like a defense of the Branch Davidians in Waco.
    But it’s a false analogy, Will. It assumes the Muslims on the ship were just sitting in their chairs innocently sipping tea with no political agenda. What they were doing was trying to end the Israeli blockade so they can supply their fellow Muslims with war material to continue bombarding Israel and killing Jews.

  12. Casey says:

    Liberty60 is an idiot, or a fool. Israel is not “laying siege to Gaza,” they’re blockading it. Big difference. Why? Because Israel is sick of groups smuggling guns, ammunition, rockets, and explosives into Gaza.
    Genuine humanitarian aid is shipped in by the UN, after it’s been inspected to ensure there’s no arms smuggling going on. That’s why Hamas & company are upset, and that’s why these flotillas have been happening. They’re trying to provoke a confrontation, just so they can show the world how evil the Zionist Joooos are.
    “Hamas isn’t a very sympathetic organization” is like saying Charles Manson is a little bit unstable.
    Israel can’t allow a one-state solution (study the demographics), especially since the opposition mindlessly insists on the right of return. Israel took the first, brave step in a two-state solution by releasing control of Gaza, and all they got was a secure base for Hamas terrorists… It is too hard to understand why they would be reluctant to rescind any West Bank territory?

  13. Fred Beloit says:

    Why I love the way Dan thinks:
    “They should have driven the flotilla into the Gulf of Mexico, then sunk the terrorist enabling bastard’s ships over the BP oil well. I mean, come on, that’s killing two birds with one freaking stone!”

  14. Southern Values says:

    You go Mo – let’s kill all them non-Jews. It will hasten the end-times and that makes my Christain world-view just perfect.

  15. Anon says:

    yes, the flotillas are trying to provoke a confrontation, which makes the commando action all the more insane–Israel just gave itself another black eye and for what? They say they expected only passive resisgtance, that’s kind of lame for a military operation….kind of like the US Iraq invasion force not doing any planning around a serious insurgency…it is a failure of strategy any way you look at it. Only a fool drops a commando unit into a group of several hundred people who are highly motivated and hostile and does not expect some violence.

  16. Bordo says:

    It was a foolish move by Israel that helps no one and gravely injures a valuable ally in Turkey while damaging American interests. In fact, it is a profoundly stupid move, a generous gift of propaganda to its enemies and a sucker punch to its friends. Way to go, Bibi.

  17. JayJay says:

    Bordo — would you still consider it a foolish move if Turkey was not our ally? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123266156689407459.html
    Also, which friends are you talking about? The US???, if so, the US hasn’t been acting like a friend of Israel for awhile now. At least not until this move or at least that is what they are saying.
    These idiots were being confrontational, they could have gone to the checkpoint in an area controlled by Egypt but chose to push Israel and now are screaming and whining because Israel pushed back. Yes, there are many that look for reasons to condemn Israel and this gave it to them but if you really look at this and the players involved and realize that they could have gone through Egypt if they were in fact a relief effort then you really should be siding with Israel in this one.

  18. seekeronos says:

    Feh. The IDF should have torpedoed the boats, end of story.
    There is no “Palestine”… there are no “palestinians”; it is a lie concocted by a bunch of shabby moon-god worshipping Arabs who are trying to stake a claim to something that was carved out of the rump of the defunct Ottoman Empire that had possessed Eretz Yis’rael for some 700+ years after the failure of the Crusades.
    The best thing that Israel could do would be to bulldoze every square inch of land occupied by these so-called “palestinian” squatters and to push them into the Mediterranean Sea.
    Reclaim the Temple Mount, burn down the idol’s temple that is called “the Dome of the Rock”, sanctify the Holy Hill of Zion, and let the rebuilding of the Lord’s House commence.