Israel wanted the ship to dock peacefully


By Stephen Pollard
June 1, 2010
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Melanie Phillips makes the crucial point about yesterday's incident in her post today on the jaw-dropping interview with Sir Jeremy Greenstock on this morning's Today programme:

He [John Humphrys] also asked incredulously why Israel had not allowed the Gaza convoy
to dock before searching it rather than boarding it on the high seas.
Does no-one on the Today programme realise that Israel no longer
occupies Gaza – and that it was precisely to usher the convoy into the
Israeli port of Ashdod where it could be searched, before the transfer
of the humanitarian aid to Gaza, that the Israeli naval commandoes
boarded the ships. As the Israel ambassador pointed out, five of the
convoys’ ships went peacefully to Ashdod, thus allowing the cargo to be
searched and sent on its way. It was only because the sixth ship staged
a violent ambush of the commandoes that the debacle occurred.

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gold.sarah

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 09:49

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Sir Jeremy Greenstock spoke off the terrible crisis afflicting children in Gaza and of the deplorable situation in Gaza caused entirely by Israel's seige.

The above post is despicable.

Fist off all israel DOES occupy Gaza. Air, land and sea borders are all controlled by Israel. No one enters or leaves without Israel's permission. That is occupation.

The hijacked ships have not been released and neither have the ones previously hijacked and stolen by Israel. They are still in Israel.

'A violent ambush of the commandoes' ? So what do you call helicopters, gunships, drones and fully armed soldiers boarding an unarmed ship?

Those on board were in fear for their lives. A fear justified by what happened next. At least ten were shot dead.


gold.sarah

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 12:51

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'Israel wanted the ship to dock peacefully'

So why did israel attack the ship using helicopters, gunships and heavily armed soldiers and in the dead of night?

Surely the aim was to terrorise, intimidate and kill.


Akiva

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 12:57

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"No one enters or leaves without Israel's permission. That is occupation."

Wrong.

Noone enters or leaves without Israel or EGYPT's permission. Oh that's right, there's another border to Gaza isn't there! That's so strange, why would Egypt enforce the blockade also? Couldn't possibly be due to the terrorists, right?


steveabbott

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 15:30

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Akiva - there are at least two excellent reasons why Egypt keeps their gaza border closed. 1: The US demands that they do - on pain of having their aid taken away if they disobey orders. 2: They are terrified of Hamas political influence infecting Egypt - a bankrupt state already living in fear of the Muslim brotherhood. What Israel really needs to worry about though, is Egypt going fundamentalist and becoming another Iran right on the border. Oddly, everything Israel does incourages that very outcome. And do stop using the same tired old pejorative - terrorists. Israel was founded on terrorism - you've even had wanted terrorists for prime ministers for gods sake. And what do you call an F16 pilot who drops a 1000lb bomb onto a gazan apartment building cos 'intelligence' said there might be a senior Hamas operative there - along with his extended family of course and other unrelated people who live in the same block. oh of course - a 'military operation'.


gold.sarah

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 16:09

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Steve Abbott

Thank you. Your reply was better than I could have penned.

And of course you are absolutely correct.


Akiva

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 17:37

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Steveabbott is anti-semitic, so of course he must be correct.

"Israel was founded on terrorism"

Hello Mr Pot, meet Mr Kettle. I'd explain why but...

"And what do you call an F16 pilot who drops a 1000lb bomb onto a gazan apartment building cos 'intelligence' said there might be a senior Hamas operative there - along with his extended family of course and other unrelated people who live in the same block. oh of course - a 'military operation'"

Oh look, you've done it for me. Drawing parallels between targeting innocent civilians (ie, terrorism) and targeting those who target said innocent civilians for the sake of protecting them.

Your baseless accusations and demonstrative pontificating is amusing though. It really annoys you, doesn't it? Us Jews, defending ourselves. Why, if only Hamas had their way and the whole region was Judenrein. Then there'd be peace.


Blacklisted Dictator

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 19:16

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Stephen,
What do you think about Hague's insistence that there should be an inquiry?

If it goes ahead, who should conduct it ? Richard Goldstone?

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