Friday, June 4, 2010

Krauthammer: Those troublesome Jews

Washington Post

The world is outraged at Israel's blockade of Gaza. Turkey denounces its illegality, inhumanity, barbarity, etc. The usual U.N. suspects, Third World and European, join in. The Obama administration dithers.

But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes, the blockade is not just perfectly rational, it is perfectly legal. Gaza under Hamas is a self-declared enemy of Israel -- a declaration backed up by more than 4,000 rockets fired at Israeli civilian territory. Yet having pledged itself to unceasing belligerency, Hamas claims victimhood when Israel imposes a blockade to prevent Hamas from arming itself with still more rockets.

In World War II, with full international legality, the United States blockaded Germany and Japan. And during the October 1962 missile crisis, we blockaded ("quarantined") Cuba. Arms-bearing Russian ships headed to Cuba turned back because the Soviets knew that the U.S. Navy would either board them or sink them. Yet Israel is accused of international criminality for doing precisely what John Kennedy did: impose a naval blockade to prevent a hostile state from acquiring lethal weaponry.[...]


  1. Wall Street JournalJune 5, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    Return to Sender

    That Gaza-bound "humanitarian aid flotilla" turns out to have been a charade, the Jerusalem Post reports. Shocking, we know:

    Hamas refused on Wednesday to allow the aid equipment that was captured by the IDF aboard the flotilla ships earlier this week to enter the Gaza Strip.

    "We refuse to receive the humanitarian aid until all those who were detained aboard the ships are released," said Ahmed Kurd, Minister for Social Welfare in the Hamas government said.

    CNN reports that "an Irish-owned aid ship headed for Gaza is delaying its voyage for a while":

    The MV Rachel Corrie, named for an American activist killed in Gaza several years ago, was expected to arrive late Friday or early Saturday off the coast of Gaza. Israel was offering to unload it in its Ashdod port, screen the material and then deliver it to Gaza, but fears of another high-seas confrontation were in the offing.

    Corrie, of course, was the terror advocate who caused her own accidental death when she stood in front of an Israeli bulldozer that was filling a tunnel used to smuggle weapons in from Egypt.

    Politico, meanwhile, reports that Vice President Biden has weighed in on the Monday incident in which several violent peace activists were killed:

    "I think Israel has an absolute right to deal with its security interest. I put all this back on two things: one, Hamas, and, two, Israel's need to be more generous relative to the Palestinian people who are in trouble in Gaza," Biden said, according to a transcript of the interview, in which he went on to discuss Hamas's control of Gaza:
    "[The Israelis have] said, 'Here you go. You're in the Mediterranean. This ship--if you divert slightly north you can unload it and we'll get the stuff into Gaza.' So what's the big deal here? What's the big deal of insisting it go straight to Gaza? Well, it's legitimate for Israel to say, 'I don't know what's on that ship. These guys are dropping eight--3,000 rockets on my people,' " Biden said.

    We don't say this often, but Joe Biden makes a lot of sense.

  2. I wrote Mr. Krauthammer an email thanking him for his support and for highlighting the irrational. I will only take a minute or two and it is well worth it to use our "hakaras hatov" muscles once in a blue moon (sarcasm intended).

    The same skills we (should) use in parenting and teaching (i.e. reward good behavior to promote more good behavior, rather than only punishing bad behavior) can be applied to regular adult interactions as well. So take 2 minutes, and do yourself and the rest of us the favor.



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