Ever wonder why the IDF showed so much restraint with the ‘freedom flotilla’ terrorists at the outset? I know Israel is walking the knife edge right now, but they absolutely have to stop listening to and taking direction from a poser that appears to be a closet muslim and hellbent on destroying America and Israel during breaks between sets.
On our side of the world, we need to demonstrate to our fellow Americans and the rest of the world that we are at a turning point; fascism-lite and tying our ally’s hands behind their back ain’t cutting it.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama stopped Israel from using anti-riot gear to prevent a Turkish-sponsored flotilla from breaking the siege on the Gaza Strip.
Diplomatic sources said the White House rejected Israeli intelligence assessments that the six-ship flotilla contained weapons and Islamist fighters trained to resist any boarding operation. The sources, privy to Israeli-U.S. government communications, said Obama and his leading aides pressed Israel against any act that would be deemed excessive force.
“The White House demanded that Israel exercise extreme caution and restraint in any scenario,” a diplomatic source said.
The Obama administration demands were relayed through Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor, the sources said. They said Barak, who has sought advanced weapons from Washington, persuaded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree that the Israel Navy would not use anti-riot equipment, including tear gas, to stop the flotilla. (emphasis mine)
The sources said the Israeli intelligence community had informed the White House that the flotilla contained scores of Turks trained in weapons and hand-to-hand combat. They said the Turkish-flagged ship Marmara was believed to have contained weapons and components ordered by the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip.
In the end, Netanyahu approved a plan for the Israel Navy to board Marmara with commandos armed with paintball guns. The commandos were quickly overpowered by Turkish fighters until the Israeli commander ordered live fire, which killed nine passengers, eight of them Turks.
Obama, whose aides were said to have been in contact with the flotilla, did not condemn the Israeli naval interception. But within hours of the bloody clash, the president withdrew his invitation to Netanyahu to come to the White House.
“The last thing the president wanted was to stand next to Netanyahu as he defended this action and blasted Hamas and its supporters in the West,” another source said.
The sources said Barak and Netanyahu decided on the details of the interception without consulting a seven-member security Cabinet committee. Later, Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon, a former chief of staff, asserted that the naval operation had endangered the commandos.
“The prime minister decided to settle everything with the defense minister,” Ya’alon was quoted as saying. “Netanyahu shouldn’t have left such fateful decisions to an irresponsible defense minister drunk with power.”
In wake of the clash, Obama has sought to ease tensions with Turkey. On June 2, Obama telephoned Prime Minister Recep Erdogan amid rising Islamist threats against Turkey’s Christian and Jewish communities. The following day, a Roman Catholic bishop was killed by an alleged Islamist.
“Obama told Erdogan ‘Don’t rock the boat too much. We’ll take care of business,'” another diplomatic source said. “It was a very friendly message.”
On June 4, the administration, which reinvited Netanyahu, demanded the easing of Israel’s siege of the Gaza Strip. The White House said the United States was working with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to “develop new procedures for delivering more goods and assistance to Gaza, while also increasing opportunity for the people of Gaza and preventing the importation of weapons.”
“The current arrangements are unsustainable and must be changed,” White House spokesman Mike Hammer said. “For now, we call on all parties to join us in encouraging responsible decisions by all sides to avoid any unnecessary confrontations and to ensure the safety of all involved.”
How can the Obama Regime (possibly) put forward lies about who attacked whom near the Gaza Strip, and how can the NY Times print such lies and not be sued by the Israeli Government?
“The officials say that Israel’s deadly attack on a flotilla…”
Did officials inside the Obama Regime actually say this or is the NY Times making sh** up again?
Watch the video and decide for yourself who was being attacked. (I am so sick of these criminals; i.e. the White House and Sestak, Romanoff, Blagovich, and the Times’ bashing of Palin). Gateway Pundit has the story of this video broken down.
Back to the Lame Stream Media in all it’s ‘burning to ashes’ glory. Let’s all just assume that this is a true story.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration considers Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be untenable and plans to press for another approach to ensure Israel’s security while allowing more supplies into the impoverished Palestinian area, senior American officials said Wednesday.
Another approach? Like the one Israel just tried with bringing in humanitarian aid and Hamas stopped? Like Obama really gives a hoot about what happens to Israel, AND HAS ANY SAY IN IT! This guy has such delusions of grandeur, it ain’t funny. Has anybody told this guy yet that he will not be going down in history for anything positive and of substance? Don’t nobody mention Obamacare…
The officials say that Israel’s deadly attack on a flotilla trying to break the siege and the resulting international condemnation create a new opportunity to push for increased engagement with the Palestinian Authority and a less harsh policy toward Gaza.
Everybody should know that Israel was put in a ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’ political situation. Even Egypt tried to stop this flotilla because they happen to have ring-side seats and know what’s going on.
“There is no question that we need a new approach to Gaza,” said one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the policy shift is still in the early stages. He was reflecting a broadly held view in the upper reaches of the administration.
“They need a new approach”? How about kicking the terrorists out of Gaza so normal people can get on with their lives on both sides? How ’bout that?
All the latest headlines, and the lack of information about the ‘freedom flotilla’ that was ‘attacked’ by the IDF, with video of the actual truth of the attack ON the IDF by the terrorists. Glenn goes back to history to explain the pattern of behavior we are now seeing has happening before.