More information comes out regarding the ambush of Israeli commandoes aboard a turkish ship that was part of the Gaza flotilla. They actually tried to bring down the helicopter by pulling on its rope. In my view this was clearly an act of war by Turkey. turkey has been increasingly bringing itself into the iran, syria, hezbollah, hamas axis. And the radical islamic turkish PM has the nerve to demand an explanation from Israel. Israel needs to cut off all ties with turkey and treat it as the enemy it has become. I would like to see turkey kicked out of NATO but it won’t happen.
Don’t expect remotely fair reporting by the media. The msm is horrible as it has long been abetting the jihad against Israel and against America as well.
Ron Ben Yishai recounts bloody clash aboard Gaza-bound vessel: The lacking crowd-dispersal means, the brutal violence of ‘peace activists,’ and the attempt to bring down an IDF helicopter
Ron Ben-Yishai, YNet News, 05.31.10, 15:44
Our Navy commandoes fell right into the hands of the Gaza mission members. A few minutes before the takeover attempt aboard the Marmara got underway, the operation commander was told that 20 people were waiting on the deck where a helicopter was to deploy the first team of the elite Flotilla 13 unit. The original plan was to disembark on the top deck, and from there rush to the vessel’s bridge and order the Marmara’s captain to stop.
More Hope from Turkey
A reliable poll shows a dramatic shift in Turkish public opinion. The Sonar company survey shows the left-secular Republican People’s Party (CHP, to use its Turkish initials) narrowly coming in first in elections. The party would get 33 percent compared to 31 percent for the ruling AKP Islamist party. The right-wing Turkish nationalist MHP would get around 19 percent.
The next elections are expected in 2011.
There are two major reasons for this change: a popular new leader for the Republican People’s Party and a bad economic situation. Economic woes were what largely brought the AKP to power in the first place. Back in 2007, the AKP received 47 percent compared to 21 percent for the CHP.
Battle isn’t about Gaza, but rather, about radical Islam vs. liberal West
Mordechai Kedar, YNET
It is clear to anyone with eyes in their eyes in their head that the battle taking place off the Gaza shore is in fact a clash between an Islamist coalition which Turkey attempts to head – and which includes Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah on one hand – and forces with a liberal Western orientation, represented by Israel, on the other hand.
This fight isn’t about Gaza. The battle is about the future of the Middle East: Will it be a future where the existing political order is maintained, or will radical Islamic forces rise and replace the current order, as already happened in Lebanon and in Turkey.
HAARETZ has the full story here. Israeli commandos: Gaza flotilla crew tried to lynch us Complete with video of warning.
- According to the soldiers, the activists threw one of their comrades from the upper deck to the lower after they boarded.
Activists attacked a commando with iron bars as he descended onto the ship from a helicopter, the army said. The IDF said its rules of engagement allowed troops to open fire in what it called a “life-threatening situation”.
The soldiers said they were forced to open fire after the activists struck one of their comrades in the head and trampled on him. A senior field commander ordered the soldiers then to respond with fire, a decision which the commandos said received full backing the military echelon.
Michael Steele delivers a GREAT speech
It is a real honor and real pleasure to be here with all of you this afternoon. These are sobering times, these are important times, and I am just really grateful to be able to take a moment to share a few thoughts. First I want to thank Joe Frager for the opportunity to be here. What an incredible effort, Joe. Congratulations again for bringing all the community together. And to Danny Dannon – thank you so much for your leadership in the Knesset. I’m looking forward to joining you in Israel soon so that we can continue the hard work of raising the flag around the world about Israel’s security.
IDF Spokesperson May 31st, 2010
Early this morning, IDF Naval Forces intercepted six ships attempting to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. This happened after numerous warnings from Israel and the Israel Navy that were issued prior to the action. The Israel Navy requested the ships to redirect toward Ashdod where they would be able to unload their aid material which would then be transferred over land after undergoing security inspections.
During the intercept of the ships, the demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally one of the weapons used was grabbed from an IDF soldier. The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose.
The IDF should be commended for defending themselves in no uncertain terms. Israel must not be a paper tiger.
Israel braces for disturbances after up to 20 dead reported on pro-Palestinian flotilla
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010, 9:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
Foreign sources report up to 20 dead on the pro-Palestinian aid flotilla intercepted by Israeli naval commandos at sea report at least two passengers killed, Turkish sources say 10, up to 50 injured in clashes on board early Monday, May 31 80 miles at sea. Nationwide alert for disturbances declared in Israel.
Turkey threatens Israel would suffer incalculable consequences, raising Ankara’s hostility to Israel to a new level. The convoy was sponsored by Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan with two objectives: to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and deliver aid to its inhabitants.
A June 6th rally opposing the construction is planned
BY: FERN SIDMAN
A palpable tension filled the air on Greenwich Street in lower Manhattan on Tuesday evening May 25th, as an emotionally charged meeting was held by Manhattan’s Community Board 1 over the proposed construction of a 13-story mosque and cultural center just blocks away from Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 twin towers terror attacks.
After four hours of rancorous public debate, hostilities reached a zenith when members of the board voted 29-1 with 10 abstentions in support of the plan. Several board members proposed a postponement of the vote until the next meeting in order to obtain more detailed information about funding of the project and the organizations sponsoring it, but the motion failed.
Obama’s Charm Offensive Masks Israel Policy Change
By Leo Rennert, AMERICAN THINKER
The two contrasting faces of President Obama in his relations with Israel and American Jews were on full display this week.
On Thursday, Obama hosted some 250 Jewish luminaries and high-achievers at an elaborate White House reception to mark Jewish Heritage Month. The administration pulled out all the stops to make this a memorable, first-ever event.
It gave Obama another chance to pump up his charm offensive to persuade Jews who voted overwhelmingly for him to remain lined up behind him. The President spoke about the “unbreakable Israeli-U.S.” alliance and pulled out his oratorical skills to dispel any concern that his administration might be going wobbly on Israel.
Is the flotilla to Gaza delivering weapons and or materials for bomb making and rocket making to hamas? Why else are they refusing Israel’s request to dock at Ashdod and be checked for dangerous materials?
The flotilla also refuses to deliver letter to Galid Shalit. This should put to rest any notion that the flotilla has anything to do with humanitarianism and everything to do with showing solidarity with and aiding Israel’s terrorist enemies in their goal of genocide against the Jews and obliteration of the Jewish state.
Press Release of the Israel Project
A flotilla of pro-Palestinian demonstrators with links to terrorist groups is en route to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israeli government requests to deliver their shipment through legal channels.
Israel has appealed to the convoy of ships – which embarked from several European countries and is carrying more than 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid – to dock in Israel’s southern port of Ashdod so its humanitarian supplies can be delivered by Israel through the Gaza border crossing after they are checked for dangerous materials. However, the flotilla’s organizers have refused to abide by Israel’s request, constituting a violation of international maritime law.
According to CNN, the organizers also declined a request by Noam Shalit, father of captive Israeli solider Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit, to deliver aid, medicine and a letter to his son who was kidnapped by Iran-backed Hamas on June 25, 2007. Hamas has since barred the Red Cross or other humanitarian groups from visiting Shalit – a violation of the Geneva Convention. Continue
The first has been sent in response to Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, a political and military organisation in Lebanon, could hit sites in Israel, including air bases and missile launchers.
The submarines of Flotilla 7 — Dolphin, Tekuma and Leviathan — have visited the Gulf before. But the decision has now been taken to ensure a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels.
James Lewis writing in PAJAMAS MEDIA draws an analogy between Pres Wilson who dreamed of a New World Order and Presi Obama whe presently dreams about it.
- Striking Iran and forcing a new Versailles Treaty between Israel and its enemies might be the only thing that will save Obama after the voters have their say in November.
My thinking exactly except I don’t know why it is necessary to force a treaty on Israel.
ANALYSIS / U.S. sacrificed Israel for success of NPT conference
The conference of the signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a diplomatic victory for Egypt and a failure for Israel.
By Yossi Melman
The conference of the signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a diplomatic victory for Egypt and a failure for Israel. Israel can feel sacrificed by the U.S. on the altar of a successful conference. Israel’s nuclear program, and the international assessment that it possesses an arsenal with dozens, if not hundreds of nuclear weapons, has become a hostage to the conference.
The U.S. preferred its overall interest in advancing the idea of limiting nuclear weapons throughout the world, tighter inspections of nuclear installations and the spread of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, over supporting Israel’s needs. The rein lies the difference between the Obama administration and the one preceding it. During the previous meeting in 2005, the U.S. refused to accept parts of the draft document that called on Israel to join the NPT and turned down the idea of holding talks in order to create a region free of nuclear weapons – even at the cost of the conference’s failure. President Barack Obama and his administration opted for success at the conference over Israel. CONTINUE
Last Sunday was the tenth anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from what was used to be known as the “security zone.” That day, following the instructions of then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barack, all Israeli units operating north of the borders inside Lebanese territories were pulled back inside Israeli territories. According to Barack, it was in implementation of the UNSCR 425, issued in 1978 after an Israeli incursion into Lebanon in response to PLO attacks across the borders then. So in the year 2000, 23 years after it entered the country to fight its enemies, Israel’s government decided to pull its troops back from Lebanon abruptly. Barack at the time said he was complying with U.N. resolutions and that he expected that no threat will come from Lebanon anymore. That was the Israeli version of the Labor Government then.
The spill is a disaster for the president and his political philosophy.
By PEGGY NOONAN
I don’t see how the president’s position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president’s political judgment and instincts.
There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration. And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity. I don’t see how you politically survive this.
Amb (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, YnetNews, May 28, 2010
More Muslim terrorist cells were exposed in the US in 2009 than in any year since 9/11. Islamic terrorism constitutes a real and present danger to the US in spite of – and inflamed by – President Obama’s appeasement of Islam, as demonstrated in his most significant speeches at the Turkish Parliament on April 6, 2010 and at Cairo University on June 4, 2010.
The intensification of the Muslim terrorist threat, despite Obama’s rough/critical/cold attitude toward the Jewish State, refutes the claim that the Arab-Israel conflict, the Palestinian issue or the US-Israel friendship are the root cause of anti-US Islamic terrorism.
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North Korean spokesmen reacted furiously last week to claims by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Pyongyang is supplying weapons technology to Iran and Syria. Representatives of the regime of Kim Jong-Il described Lieberman as an “imbecile.” The official Korean Central News Agency in a memorable phrase accused the foreign minister in an official statement of “faking up sheer lies.”
Whether they realize it or not, Dhimmi Christian and Jewish leaders are accomplices in advancing islamosupremacism in America. These leaders involvement with abdul rauf in promoting the ground zero mosque represents a despicable betrayal of members of their churches and synagogues, of the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 and of America. They are oblivious to the fact that under Islamic rule they would not freely be able to practice their own faith. They are oblivious to the fact that this mosque, it’s name, location near the place muslims took down the twin towers and its inauguration on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 is a symbol of what they see as an Islamic victory over America. There are hardly any muslims in this area, the only purpose for this mosque is to symbolize eventual Islamic dominance over America. But worse than the Islamic supremacists themselves are the pathetic, useful idiot Christian and Jewish religious leaders as well as the liberal media and politicians enabling the infiltration of sharia into America.
Waltzing with Suicide Bombers at Ground Zero. The Dangers of “Interfaith Dialogue.”
By Phillis Chesler, PAJAMAS MEDIA
The Jews and Christians Behind the “Cordoba Initiative”
The concept of an “interfaith dialogue” is an alluring one. It assumes that people of faith are, by definition, virtuous, honest, tolerant, soft-spoken–and, hopefully, more committed to peace, reason, and morality than non-religious people are.