Audio: IDF soldiers warn flotilla vessels they are nearing area under naval blockade, latter respond with anti-Semitic slurs
The IDF released on Friday an audio reproduction of the moments before Monday’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. In it, the soldiers can be heard warning the flotilla that its vessels are nearing an area under naval blockade. They are answered by calls of “Go back to Auschwitz” and “Don’t forget 9/11 guys”.
US knows IHH (Humanitarian Relief Foundation) representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years and of great concern/Has not been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States/Cannot validate ties to Al-Qaida
Israel National News – by Hillel Fendel
In the hubbub surrounding the “battle of the flotilla,” Netanyahu’s quick reversal of his decision to remain in the United States has been largely ignored. It turns out that Obama told him to leave because he didn’t want Netanyahu to use the White House as a stage on which to present Israel’s side of the story.
The flotilla violence caught Netanyahu in the midst of a diplomatic trip to North America. He was in the Canadian capital of Ottawa at the time, about to leave for Washington for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. The meeting was to have been a way for Obama to make up for the humiliation he dealt Netanyahu on his last visit, when he refused to be seen with the Israeli leader in public.
Netanyahu announced immediately after the flotilla news broke that he would remain in North America and would meet with Obama as scheduled. However, within minutes after media reported Netanyahu would continue with his trip as scheduled, he abruptly announced a change of plan and set off immediately for Israel to “deal with the flotilla crisis.”
Behind the scenes, it was Obama officials who caused the turnabout. Globes cites sources in both Jerusalem and Washington who say that Obama officials gave a clear message to Netanyahu’s people: “Don’t come.”
Officials in both Washington and Jerusalem deny that this was the case.
Some sources said that it was precisely the high-profile nature of the visit that scared the Americans. The White House did not wish Obama to be seen sharing the stage with the leader of the country that was under international attack for having “attacked peace activists.”
Netanyahu, for his part, was looking forward to explaining to the world from Washington that the violent activists on the boat in question were “terror activists” with ties to Hamas and Al-Qaeda, who attempted to lynch the minimally-armed soldiers as they rappelled down down their helicopter.
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While continuing his harsh accusations against Israel over its deadly raid on an aid flotilla, the Turkish prime minister said he does not see Hamas as a terrorist organization, but as a resisting group struggling for its own land.
“They [Hamas] won the election. You are always talking about democracy. You’ll never let Hamas rule. What kind of democracy is this?” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday at a rally held in Konya, a central Anatolian province. He addressed thousands of people gathered at the rally with very strong anti-Israel sentiments.
“I do not think that Hamas is a terrorist organization. I said the same thing to the United States. I am still of the same opinion. They are Palestinians in resistance, fighting for their own land,” he stated. Hamas is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S.
Criticizing the Turkish media for its critical coverage on Turkey’s pro-Hamas stance, Erdoğan said, “These columnists will report my words of today as well. We know their past, their background.”
Repeating his harsh words against the Israeli government over Monday’s incident, the prime minister recalled that one of the orders of the Ten Commandments prohibits Jews from killing. “If you do not understand it in Turkish I will say it in English: You shall not kill,” he said. He also said the same phrase in Hebrew.
“They even slaughtered 19-year-old Furkan. They did not even care for the babies in the cradle,” Erdoğan said.
Center for Security Policy | By Frank Gaffney, Jr
In hindsight, it will probably be obvious that the missteps of the Obama administration vis a vis Israel were critical catalysts to a war that today seems ever more likely to engulf the Middle East, and perhaps the world more generally. Assuming such an outcome is neither the intention of the President and his team, nor desired by them, American course corrections must be urgently taken.
To be sure, as is often the case in the moment, a different narrative is operating. The rising tensions in the region are widely seen as the fault of the Jewish State. Most recently, Israel is being portrayed as the villain of the bloody interception of a “humanitarian flotilla” bringing relief aid to the Gaza Strip.
Before that, the Jewish State has been serially excoriated for: engaging in: “illegal” construction of homes in Jerusalem; exercising “disproportionate force” in military action in Gaza, including by some accounts “war crimes”; and being intransigent with respect to the sorts of territorial, strategic and political concessions needed to advance the “peace process” with the Palestinians.
In each case, the Obama administration has either strongly endorsed these memes or acted fecklessly to challenge them. Throughout their seventeen months in office, the President and his senior subordinates have been at pains to demonstrate a more even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to “engage” the Muslim “world.”
The practical effect, however, has been to excuse, empower and embolden those hostile not just to Israel but to the United States, as well. Consider just a few ominous examples:
The Iranian regime has understood that the Obama administration will do nothing to defeat the realization of Tehran’s longstanding ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons. Instead, the United States is now focused on how it will “live with” a nuclear-armed Iran by trying to “contain” it. Meantime, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says Tehran has enough enriched uranium to make two atomic weapons. If true, it will be a matter of a relatively short time before such material is sufficiently processed to be ready for that purpose.
The Syrians have, presumably at Iran’s direction and with its help, transferred dangerous Scud missiles to the mullah’s re-armed terrorist proxy, Hezbollah. Particularly if equipped with chemical or biological weapons (which the Syrians and Iranians have in abundance), such missiles would pose a mortal threat to Israel and her people.
Egypt has recently conducted offensively oriented war games in the Sinai Peninsula. Their clear purpose: Honing the Egyptian military’s capabilities for renewed attacks on Israel. The government of Hosni Mubarak has also failed to halt the massive network of smuggling tunnels into Gaza that are supplying another of Iran’s terrorist surrogates, Hamas, with an array of ever-more-deadly weapons in preparation for when (not if) hostilities are resumed with Israel.
Even before last weekend’s conflict over the blockade-running “aid flotilla,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had effectively terminated the close ties Israel once had with his country. Erdogan’s accelerating Islamicization of the once-secular Turkey has been accompanied by his intensifying rapprochement with Iran and Syria.
Notably, the Turks recently joined Brazil for the transparent purpose of running interference for Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. It remains to be seen whether these three nations will succeed in sabotaging Team Obama’s latest bid to secure a new UN sanctions resolution against the mullahs.
Last week, a powerful new weapon in the campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State was spawned by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. It mandated negotiations to start in 2012 with the aim of ridding the Middle East of nuclear weapons. Israel was the only nation named. It would also likely be the only one disarmed if the transnationalists (both the secular UN types and Shariah-adherent ones) have their way.
These developments have two things in common: First, particularly when taken together, they constitute the greatest existential threat to Israel since 1973. And second, they reflect– and powerfully reinforce– a growing perception that the United States has cut Israel loose.
Israel’s many friends in this country – particularly a number of American Jews critical to Democratic electoral prospects this fall – finally seem to have awakened to these realities. Hence, Team Obama’s feverish effort last week to have the President seen with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a man it had humiliatingly spurned and publicly upbraided just a few months ago. (Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to head home to deal with the Flotilla crisis spared both men the obvious PR challenges associated with the former making a Washington visit at this juncture.)
Unfortunately, matters have reached the point where such calculated exercises in Potemkin political rehabilitation will not suffice. Ditto rhetorical pledges of unseverable bilateral ties.
Unless and until President Obama gives comprehensive and tangible expression to America’s commitment to Israel– in terms of reliable military assistance, unstinting diplomatic support and wide latitude to act in its self-defense– the forces that have been unleashed by him and others will assuredly translate in due course into war. It is certainly harder to do such prophylactic things today than it would have been at the outset of the Obama presidency. But such costs are nothing compared to those that will be incurred by freedom-loving people in the Middle East and elsewhere, including here, if he fails to undertake these necessary course-corrections.
On June 4, 2009, in President Obama gave a speech in Cairo, Egypt, proposing a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, based upon mutual interest and mutual respect. The President said that the U.S. would work in partnership to address shared challenges such as violent extremism, Iraq, achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and nonproliferation. He also said that the United States would seek a more comprehensive engagement with Muslim-majority countries, countries with significant Muslim populations, and their people. He called for expanding partnerships in a range of areas including education, economic development, science and technology, and health, among others, and strengthening our commitment to shared values including democracy and human rights.
The Administration has approached the Cairo speech as an overarching vision and set of principles that guide U.S. Government policies across a broad range of issues. The President identified specific commitments in the speech, which were examples of the types of engagement we seek. Over the last year, we have worked hard to make progress on the difficult political and security challenges that the President addressed, and have delivered on many of the specific commitments the President cited – from science envoys and a technology fund to expanding exchanges, hosting an entrepreneurship summit, and partnering with the Organization of the Islamic Conference on polio eradication. However, these commitments were always just a beginning.
Our embassies around the world, and departments and agencies across the government, are engaged every day in ways that reflect the principles and spirit of the vision the President put forth in Cairo. From partnerships to improve air quality in Jakarta and memorandums of understanding to expand cooperation on clean, renewable, and alternative energy, to programs that support female teacher training in Nigeria and connecting schools in Qatar with schools in America, bringing bloggers together in Indonesia, and agreements to promote small business development, the comprehensive engagement the President called for in Cairo is being vigorously pursued.
These are just a sample of the U.S. government programs focused on these key areas of partnership identified by the President. In coming days, we will be unveiling a website that will highlight how the U.S. is pursuing the vision the President articulated in Cairo. It will include more examples of the work the U.S. Government is doing around the world and include key remarks, fact-sheets, blog postings, and other material related to this important effort. One year since the President’s speech, the Administration has pursued the engagement the President called for, and we remain committed to working together to confront common challenges and seize mutually beneficial opportunities.
UPDATE: You Tube pulled the video for a 2nd time. However the video can be seen here and here. If this continues, I will stop posting any You Tube videos and use other hosted websites. You Tube can bite me! Google/You Tube might want to rethink their stupidity.
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