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04 Jun

‘Israel Prepping to Block Next Gaza Flotilla’

The O’Leary: U.S. says challenging Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is “irresponsible and provocative”  No mention of the illegality and immorality of naval blockade.

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As Haaretz had recently reported…

Israel prepping to block next Gaza flotilla

While Israel says it prefers a diplomatic move to thwart the flotilla, Netanyahu has indicated that, if necessary, force would be used against anyone who tries to disobey the navy orders.

…The Israel Navy has held takeover drills and mobilized reserve combatants, on the assumption the large number of vessels (about 15 ) planning to take part in the flotilla will require reinforcements. The preparations include intelligence surveillance, based mainly on open communications and Internet sites.

The navy is focusing on riot-control measures this time, saying they will use force as a last resort.

Israeli defense sources said recently that despite addressing flaws in the previous flotilla takeover, there is no alternative to taking over the boats and protesters by force – barring an agreement that would cancel the flotilla.

Former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi testified before the Turkel committee investigating the flotilla and said that if necessary, sniper fire would be used to take down violent protesters. This would prevent face-to-face clashes that hold a greater risk to soldiers’ lives…

It should be noted that Obummer is reaching out to the Turks diplomatically…

Report: U.S. to offer Turkey major role in Mideast talks if it stops Gaza flotilla

According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, U.S. may offer Ankara to host major Israeli-Palestinian peace talks if it mends its ties with Israel and prevents upcoming Gaza-bound flotilla. […]

…Israel has been preparing to block the second aid flotilla sailing from Turkey to Gaza, one year after the Israel Defense Forces’ deadly raid on the first Gaza flotilla in which nine Turkish activists died. Turkey has demanded Israel apologize for the raid in order to restore Turkish-Israeli ties…

Let’s look at those ‘preparations’…

Israel’s Operational Plan to Attack the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

…”The Israel Navy has been asked by the government to prepare an operational response to prevent the flotilla from breaking the sea blockade that Israel has imposed over the Gaza Strip. Under the blockade, Gazan fisherman are allowed to sail three kilometers off the coast of Gaza but no further. Ships are not allowed to enter waters that are twenty kilometers from the Gaza Strip. (JP, May 31, 2011)

“….[S]oldiers were under order to use force to neutralize armed danger and neutralize attackers if necessary, but that in general, the objective and the goal would be to take over the ship non-violently and without casualties on either side.” (Ibid)

According to the Israeli navy spokesman, a number of “surprises” await those who dare approach Gazan territorial waters:

The senior Navy officer said that Israel was preparing a number of “surprises” for the ships that are expected to participate in the flotilla.” (Ibid)

The same commando unit Shayetet 13 which attacked the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 killing nine human rights activists is “undergoing specialized training” involving “mock raids aboard a vessel that simulate events aboard the Mavi Marmara”. (See People’s Daily, May 31, 2011)

The commandos are also to undergo “extensive training in hand-to-hand combat taught by experts from Israel’s Shin Bet security service”.

The commandos, this time, will be heavily armed:

“Navy sources said that despite assessments that most of the activists will engage in passive resistance, the troops that will board the next flotilla are going to carry heavier weapons than the paintball guns and semi-automatic pistols used in the last flotilla.” (Ibid)

Interesting that they’re ‘focusing on riot-control measures this time’, yet, they’re going to carry ‘heavier weapons’…! *gah*

Now, let’s take a gander at the other side of the equation… My hero, Col. Ann Wright, who will be sailing again to Gaza, wrote today in OpEd News (OEN)…

What is Irresponsible and Provocative — Israel’s Blockade of Gaza or The Gaza Flotilla? By Ann Wright…

U.S. says challenging Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is “irresponsible and provocative”…

Who is “Acting Out of Hate?”…

UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights takes on UN Secretary General over the Gaza Flotilla…

Center for Constitutional Rights calls Israel’s blockade of Gaza and its attacks on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Illegal…

“Is Israel Beyond International Law?” asks Turkey’s Foreign Minister…

Citizen Activists Say Israel is Not Beyond International Law…

Col. Wright completely eviscerates our feeble attempts and totally lays bare all of Bibi’s illegalities, between each of those bolded lines…!

My prayers to each and everyone of the brave crews participating in this Gaza Flotilla…! *g*

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