It’s simply amazing the power of the Israeli media to lull its audience into a false sense of confidence that all Israel’s alleged enemies are incompetent, their evil machinations will be foiled, and that their government, like Allstate, has them in the best of hands. This little bit of soporific was offered via the Voice of Israel Radio’s political correspondent reporting on the Gaza flotilla:
In the coming hours, Israel plans to distribute a warning to those nations from whose ports flotilla ships will depart: it will say that Israel will not allow the boats to reach Gaza: “the sea blockade is legal because of the state of war Hamas forces on Israel, and it will be upheld with full force.”
Diplomatic sources following the preparations in Europe note that several organizations failed to secure adequate funding to buy ships, some bought ships ill-suited for their purpose. Most of them are finding it difficult to secure insurance and certificates of sail.
First note the total sophistry in the claim that Hamas has forced a state of war on Israel. Of course, there is no state of war since there’s a ceasefire. Hamas, with only two exceptions, has maintained the ceasefire for nearly two years. So on what basis does Israel claim there is a state of war? Since there is none, the siege is illegal and the threat of force against the flotilla is yet another act of piracy and violation of international law.
This report also fails to note that Israel has exerted tremendous pressure on ship owners, and that in at least one instance a completed sale was overturned when Israel’s representatives put the fear of God and the Mossad into one owner. Joseph Dana will shortly report in The Nation on the pressure exerted against Greece to prevent the sailing of the U.S. boat from its port.
Reports are that the flotilla boats will be setting sail next week.