Netanhayu Pokes a Stick in Obama’s Eye on Memorial Day

Monday, May 31, 2010

Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of aid ships headed to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing 19 people passengers in a botched military raid, provoking international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.

Details of what happened remain sketchy as Israel imposed a news blackout, preventing activists on board the ships from contacting the outside world.

Dozens of activists and six Israeli soldiers were wounded in the bloody predawn attack which took place in international waters. The violent takeover dealt yet another blow to Israel’s already sullied international image, tarnished by war crimes accusations in the Gaza and its 3-year-old blockade of the impoverished Palestinian territory.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu — Israel’s equivalent of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, ordered the military attack. He promptly canceled a much anticipated with President Obama scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

In response, Turkey — Israel’s only Islamic ally in the region, withdrew its ambassador to Israel and called for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council as criticism and condemnations flashed across Europe and the Arab world. The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, described the raid as “state terrorism,” and said that Israel had violated international law and shown that it does not want peace in the region.

International response was swift. Some 10,000 Turks marched in protest from the Israeli consulate in Istanbul to a main city square, chanting, “Murderous Israel you will drown in the blood you shed!” Protesters had earlier tried to storm the Consulate building but were blocked by police. The flotilla also carried some 700 activists sponsored in part by a Turkish organization.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the violence, saying, “I am shocked by reports of killing of people in boats carrying supply to Gaza. I heard the ships were in international water. That is very bad.” He called for a “thorough investigation.”

The timing of the shocking and deadly attack — on the U.S.’s Memorial Day observed, and ordered by the cretinous Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu, and was clearly intended to poke a stick in President Obama’s eye. Mr. Obama cannot ignore the attack, pretending it’s business as usual between the U.S. and Israel. It is not. If he agrees to meet with Mr. Netanhayu, his administration’s effort at outreach with the Muslim world is effectively over.

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19 Responses to Netanhayu Pokes a Stick in Obama’s Eye on Memorial Day

  1. Seabec says:

    I’ll go a step further and demand the Obama White House freezes all foreign aide to Israel.

    The $30 billion in foreign aide to Israel over ten years honey-honey deal approved by George W. Bush in 2007 was one of the most appalling giveaways I’ve ever seen. Especially, as the USA slipped into one of the worse recessions in our history.

  2. Thai Noodles says:

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu — Israel’s equivalent of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney….”

    This description says it all.

    Israel knows it can literally get away with murder because the big, bad U.S. is always standing in the wings to step-in if they get in trouble.

    It has to stop.

  3. Dmitris says:

    Many international organizations say the conditions under which the Palestinians are forced to live at the hands of the Israelis is similar to Apartheid. But if you dare to say this, you’re instantly called anti-Semitic or worse.

  4. Peace Nick says:

    Israel is a boil on America’s ass.

  5. Kate Novotny says:

    Israel is increasingly isolated in the 21st century and this seems not to concern them in the least.

    You would think Netanhayu would treat his nation’s relationship with President Obama and the USA with greater respect because the number of nations ready and willing to embrace Israel is shrinking each year.

  6. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    I’ve heard that too, Dmitris. However, the South African government treated persons of color under Apartheid better than the Israelis treat the Palestinians.

    To my knowledge, the South African government never denied persons of color basic medicine which is exactly what is happening in Ramallah.

    Basic medicine like antibiotics can’t be found in 2010 in Ramallah hospitals because Israel has them blocked from entering. Evidently, Israel won’t stop until the Palestinians are dead or they drag the US into a war in the region.

  7. Brigadoon says:

    America pays a heavy price for our relationship with Israel. Our relationship reminds me of what the late Lana Turner said about her relationship with gangster Johnny Stompanato. Said Lana: “Is the screwing I’m getting worth the screwing I’m getting?” In the case of the relationship with Israel, my vote says no.

  8. Harry says:

    Irish relief workers were kidnapped in international waters by Israeli commandos. This is an act of war.

  9. glo says:

    World War III will begin in Israel.

    It will not last a long but it will be the most deadly conflict ever, with nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons used by both sides.

    On the side of Israel will be the EU, the US, NATO countries, Japan, and China. Tens of millions will be killed with this unprecedented use of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Japan and China will enter the war only after the US has been attacked in a surprise all-out nuclear attack from Russia. Unlike the Desert Storm war of 1991, the coalition forces will not stop their attack until all the nations which attacked Israel are completely overrun. Forces from China and Japan will go all the way to the very western borders of Russia.

    World War III ends with victory at a very high price to the combatants involved. However, scripture shows us that the war will end during the Great Tribulation period, before the time of the 6th Seal events of Revelation 6:12-14. At the time of the 6th Seal events, the rapture of believers takes place and then the wrath of God period begins, called the Day of the Lord. During the Day of the Lord the 7 Trumpet Judgments and 7 Bowl Judgments occur.

    The Armageddon war starts just before the return of Jesus and the Antichrist willbe revealed.

  10. Conejo1982 says:

    Harry is correct. If Israel kidnapped Irish nationals from one or more of the relief ships and the ships were in international waters, this can be viewed as an act of war.

    Israel is becoming more arrogant and foolish each year.

  11. retahyajyajav says:

    Today is a good day for AIPAC.

  12. Adirondacky says:

    This flotilla of boats contained food, water and medicine. Not bombs and not guns. It appears Bibi Netanhayu is even worse than Cheney. Which begs the question? Why on did the Israeli people elect him to another term? I can’t believe Israelis enjoy their status as a shunned nation by much of the international community?

  13. feminazi says:

    You are absolutely correct, Christopher. Israel carried out this wanton attack on aid ships when they knew President Obama was away from Washington and the U.S. was observing Memorial Day. The timing was no accident. I’ve now read that former U.S. ambassador Edward Peck, was aboard one of the aid ships attacked and seized by Israel. Mr. Peck is 81 years of age. I am appalled by violent behavior of Israel and I condemn the leadership of Benjamin Netanhayu.

  14. Joe in Colorado says:

    The AP reports Israel is holding hundreds of activists kidnapped from the humanitarian ships, against their will and incommunicado with the outside world. The AP also reports most Israelis support the actions of their Prime Minister and the Navy. There was once a time I thought the Israelis had common sense but after this stunt, they are as bad as their enemies, the Iranians. What should happen is the US should cut ties with Israel but sadly, we won’t. I fully expect Washington and the president to side with Netanhayu.

  15. Rachel says:

    retahyajyajav – It’s a good day for BP, too. The raid is giving BP some much needed breathing room from the endless news coverage of the spill. I don’t pretend to understand Israel anymore. I hope they enjoy the international isolation they’ve managed to achieve. Even Iran has more allies they can turn to in a pinch.

  16. Stephan Iversonn says:

    Well America, how do you like your $3 billion in foreign aid being used to board and attack workers on a humanitarian flotilla?

    The fact of the matter is, Israel will not stop until they drive 100% of Palestinians out of Israel. They will starve, route and slaughter Palestinians until 100% of the real estate is held by Israel.

    The disputed blockade is patently illegal but as is often the case, the rule of law doesn’t apply to the Israelis because they are taskmasters at playing the guilt card over what happened in WWII.

    Israel knows how the Washington political game is played and they know they will always be allowed to operate outside the rule of law. All the more reason why any treaty made with Israel might as well be signed in pencil because it is unenforceable.

    Watch the American media get on board the usual propaganda train as it pulls out of the station. The European and Asian media calls the people on the flotilla “relief workers.” By 5PM tomorrow, here in the U.S., every dead tree paper from the New York Times to the Los Angeles Times will call the people on the flotilla “terrorists.”

    And so it goes.

  17. TOM339 says:

    The attack by Israel on a group of humanitarian aid ships is a lawless, cowardly act, and arguably, an act of war against the nationals on board.

    I know President Obama is known as “no drama, Obama,” but he must man up and call for sanctions.

    Somalia? Yes. Iran? Of course. But not Israel. They are supposed to be our friends and ally. I am horrified.

  18. lea-lea says:

    I’ve heard several Israeli mouthpieces on cable TV today and according to them:

    “All the aid workers were hard core radicals.”
    “All the passengers have ties to terrorist groups.”

    Curious, huh? Once again, it’s Israel against the world and only the Israelis can be trusted to tell the truth.

  19. Conejo1982 says:

    I used to support Israel but I’ve grown weary of their arrogance and the incessant milking of a moral authority stemming from what they suffered under Hitler’s thumb.

    Everyone has a history but you don’t see African Americans playing the slave card over and over and over.

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