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Letter from Israel
David Frankfurter
What to do with the cargo? 
3rd-Jun-2010 02:42 pm
Hamas cleverly created a win-win situaton for itself in manipulating "peace activists" into creating an armada against the Gaza blockade, and injecting a group of IHH Jihadists onto one of the boats. If Israel had let the armada through, Hamas would have an effective military win, with a new open arms channel via the Mediterranean.  Just a matter of time till another war - although this time with rockets that reach Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and even Cairo.

Israel chose the option of allowing Hamas a public relations win instead.  I guess we are better at war than we are at PR.  Instead of managing the collateral damage, we created a complete disaster.

By now the web is full of explanations of both why Israel was in the right, behaved correctly and legally and how the terrorists disguised as peace activists won the day.  I don't like to bore my readers with information available elsewhere, so I simply direct you to a website set up by a collegue - one of the many good sites out there on the subject. http://www.talkgaza.com/flotillafacts/  

One item that hasn't yet received much attention is the disposition of the humanitarian aid that the armada had on board.  I don't want to labour the point that Israel had from the outset offered to transfer the aid overland through the channels that have seen so many thousands of tonnes of supplies transferred till now, in order to prevent the arms smuggling channel being opened up.

The issue is more interesting.  Israel loaded all the expired medicines, children's toys, electric wheelchairs and miscelaneous items into trucks and sent them off to Gaza, to find that Hamas refuses to let the goods into their territory!  Either an unsupervised path for goods is opened up or they don't want it!   These guys are PR professionals!  Once again using the suffering of their own people to create a PR disaster for Israel.

And what will we do?  Probably let the goods sit around on the trucks or in a warehouse rotting, losing value, taking up valuable space and requiring resources for supervision, guarding etc. just waiting to become aother expensive PR catasrophe.

Any better ideas?

Hamas should be given a 24 hour ultimatum. If you want the goods, take them immediately.  If not, we should distribute anything that meets Israeli standards to the Arabic speaking Druze and Muslim Bedouin communities who have shown their loyalty to the State of Israel over the years.  After all, none of Hamas, the donors, nor the Turkish sponsors of the armada would want Jews to benefit from their efforts.

An alternative is to take a major expeditionary force of the army, dirve the goods into Gaza, unload them somewhere convenient for us and leave.
Comments 
3rd-Jun-2010 01:23 pm (UTC) - The Hamas doesn't want the Cargo
Anonymous
So Israel can ship it to some where in Africa or to give it to fish in the middle of the ocean.
3rd-Jun-2010 11:09 pm (UTC) - Hamas
Anonymous
David, I get to the part in your piece about Hamas refusing to let the goods into Gaza and I follow the link to the story in Ha'aretz, and I read the story, and my first thought is 'WTF??? What is wrong with these people (Hamas)?' Then I gather my thoughts together and remind myself that I do actually know what's wrong with them, but still, they keep telling the world that Gaza is absolutely desperate for aid and yet they reject the aid from the flotilla until Israel meets all their demands. I believe this is called cutting one's nose off to spite one's face. Sheeesh.

And I bet the Free Gaza Movement folks try to keep this Hamas refusal to receive the aid under wraps in case it undermines their case.
4th-Jun-2010 12:45 am (UTC) - Humanitarian cargo....
Anonymous
Great Idea!!!
4th-Jun-2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Well wrote David, I'm getting bloody sick of this continuous crap being levelled against Israel by anti-semites. These so called humanitarians don't rush to Haiti or Darfur which actually need help not Gaza but hey if they did that there would be nothing to complain about Israel, the IDF etc. etc. I think the IDF showed remarkable restraint and really should have shot them all.
5th-Jun-2010 08:53 am (UTC) - send the cargo to Haiti and Guatemala
Anonymous
Stop the cargo, and send it to them who really needed it like Haiti and Guatemala or to Africa.
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