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Note, particularly, the Statistics on Humanitarian Aid Transferred from Israel to Gaza):
Sarah Palin was one politician who revealed that she has more nous than most in the political ring when she wrote this Facebook note:
'The media, as usual, seems to be reporting only one side of the Israeli Flotilla incident. Don't trust the mainstream media to give you both sides of a story fairly… you must seek out fair reporting to ensure you have all the information.
As far too many in the media, and in various governments, rush to condemn Israel, we must put the recent events off Israel's coast into the right perspective. This "relief" convoy was not about humanitarian aid, as the liberal mainstream media keeps reporting. The whole operation was designed to provoke Israel, not to provide supplies to Palestinians held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Anyone who sees the video of Israeli commandos being attacked as they land on that ship knows the people aboard were vicious thugs, not "peace activists." The media insults our intelligence with their outright mis-characterization of who these enemies are.'
Israel's Actions: Entirely Lawful
'Having been warned in advance that the intent of the Free Gaza movement flotilla was to shatter the Israeli blockade, the IDF prepared to board the ships and divert them to Ashdod for inspection. A member of the Free Gaza organization credited with launching the flotilla, Greta Berlin, clarified the intent of the group: "We're not trying to be a humanitarian mission."
Apparently, Israel was ill-informed that the ship carried 700 pro-Palestinian activists prepared to do whatever necessary to reach their goal. American-born pro-Palestinian activist Hawaida Arraf threw down the gauntlet with the assertion: "We fully intend to go to Gaza regardless of any intimidation or threats of violence against us. They are going to have to forcefully stop us."
... A number of the passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship suspected of having connections with Global Jihad-affiliated terrorist organizations have refused to provide proper identification to the Israeli authorities. Many were carrying envelopes containing thousands of dollars in cash.
During a search of the ship on Tuesday a cache of bulletproof vests, night-vision goggles, and gas masks was discovered. A defense official stated, "This is the group that was behind the violent [attack] against the naval commandos. They came on board the ship prepared and after they had trained for the expected Navy takeover."
In 2008, Israeli President Shimon Peres held a "Facing Tomorrow" conference to which he invited some of the most noted thinkers in the world. One of the conclusions of the meeting was that wars of the 21st Century would be fought first as a media war, secondly as an economic war, thirdly as a proxy war, and finally with boots on the ground. Israel has lost this media war and is well on the way to losing the economic war.
Israel ceded Gaza in hopes of achieving peace in the region; its hopes were dashed. Hamas continued to lob some 1,200 missiles across the border at innocent Jewish civilians. Despite the ongoing provocation, Israel has allowed food and humanitarian supplies into Gaza through the Red Cross and UN.
This skirmish came amid plans for a meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. The aim of the summit was to keep Iran at the top of the agenda, not the Palestinian Authority.
Iran found the perfect means to distract the liberal media - create a flag-waving, humanitarian crisis. The resulting propaganda-driven riots worldwide would certainly take attention from the IAEA announcement that Iran now possesses more than two tons of enriched uranium - enough for two nuclear warheads.
If you were sitting in the seat of power in ancient Persia, what would you do when confronted with new sanctions against your nuclear program? You would sponsor a David-versus-Goliath flotilla--a media extravaganza--carrying a Nobel Peace Prize winner, an American activist, and a Holocaust survivor. Central casting could not have done it better.
The question becomes: When is a humanitarian mission not a humanitarian mission? It fails the test when it is peopled with terrorists on a suicide mission.
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Israel Continues to Transfer Humanitarian Aid to Gaza
While the international community has, once again, ganged up on Israel, one thing is for certain: the legality of Israel's actions in stopping the Gaza flotilla is not open to question. What Israel did was entirely consistent with both international and domestic law. In order to understand why Israel acted within its rights, the complex events at sea must be deconstructed:
First, there is the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which included a naval blockade. Recall that when Israel ended its occupation of Gaza, it did not impose a blockade. Indeed it left behind agricultural facilities in the hope that the newly liberated Gaza Strip would become a peaceful and productive area. Instead Hamas seized control over Gaza and engaged in acts of warfare against Israel. These acts of warfare featured anti-personnel rockets, nearly 10,000 of them, directed at Israeli civilians. This was not only an act of warfare, it was a war crime. Israel responded to the rockets by declaring a blockade, the purpose of which was to assure that no rockets, or other material that could be used for making war against Israeli civilians, was permitted into Gaza. Israel allowed humanitarian aid through its checkpoints. Egypt as well participated in the blockade. There was never a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, merely a shortage of certain goods that would end if the rocket attacks ended.
The legality of blockades as a response to acts of war is not subject to serious doubt. When the United States blockaded Cuba during the missile crisis, the State Department issued an opinion declaring the blockade to be lawful. This, despite the fact that Cuba had not engaged in any act of belligerency against the United States. Other nations have similarly enforced naval blockades to assure their own security.
The second issue is whether it is lawful to enforce a legal blockade in international waters. Again, law and practice are clear. If there is no doubt that the offending ships have made a firm determination to break the blockade, then the blockade may be enforced before the offending ships cross the line into domestic waters. Again the United States and other western countries have frequently boarded ships at high sea in order to assure their security.
Third, were those on board the flotilla innocent non-combatants or did they lose that status once they agreed to engage in the military act of breaking the blockade? Let there be no mistake about the purpose of this flotilla. It was decidedly not to provide humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza, but rather the break the entirely lawful Israeli military blockade. The proof lies in the fact that both Israel and Egypt offered to have all the food, medicine and other humanitarian goods sent to Gaza, if the boats agreed to land in an Israeli or Egyptian port. That humanitarian offer was soundly rejected by the leaders of the flotilla who publicly announced:
"This mission is not about delivering humanitarian supplies, it's about breaking Israel's siege on 1.5 million Palestinians." (AFP May 27, 2010.)
The act of breaking a military siege is itself a military act, and those knowingly participating in such military action put in doubt their status as non-combatants.
It is a close question whether "civilians" who agree too participate in the breaking of a military blockade have become combatants. They are certainly something different than pure, innocent civilians, and perhaps they are also somewhat different from pure armed combatants. They fit uncomfortably onto the continuum of civilianality that has come to characterize asymmetrical warfare.
Finally, we come to the issue of the right of self defense engaged in by Israeli soldiers who were attacked by activists on the boat. There can be little doubt that the moment any person on the boat picked up a weapon and began to attack Israeli soldiers boarding the vessel, they lost their status as innocent civilians. Even if that were not the case, under ordinary civilian rules of self defense, every Israeli soldier had the right to protect himself and his colleagues from attack by knife and pipe wielding assailants. Less there be any doubt that Israeli soldiers were under attack, simply view the accompanying video and watch, as so-called peaceful "activists" repeatedly pummel Israeli soldiers with metal rods. ( http://www.youtube.com/user/idfnadesk ) Every individual has the right to repel such attacks by the use of lethal force, especially when the soldiers were so outnumbered on the deck of the ship. Recall that Israel's rules of engagement required its soldiers to fire only paint-balls unless their lives were in danger. Would any country in the world deny its soldiers the right of self defense under comparable circumstances?
Notwithstanding the legality of Israel's actions, the international community has, as usual, denounced the Jewish state. In doing so, Israel's critics have failed to pinpoint precisely what Israel did that allegedly violates international law. Some have wrongly focussed on the blockade itself. Others have erroneously pointed to the location of the boarding in international waters. Most have simply pointed to the deaths of so-called peace activists, though these deaths appear to be the result of lawful acts of self-defense. None of these factors alone warrant condemnation, but the end result surely deserves scrutiny by Israeli policy makers. There can be little doubt that the mission was a failure, as judged by its results. It is important, however, to distinguish between faulty policies on the one hand, and alleged violations of international law on the other hand. Only the latter would warrant international intervention, and the case has simply not been made that Israel violated international law.
Statistics on Humanitarian Aid Transferred from Israel to Gaza
Israel continues to transfer basic food supplies and humanitarian goods into the Gaza Strip. Items such as medical supplies, meat, chicken, fish, grains, legumes, oil, flour, salt, sugar, fresh vegetables and dairy products as well as animal feed, hygiene products and clothes are all transferred through the Israel-Gaza goods crossings, Kerem Shalom and Karni.
The total amount of aid transferred from Israel to Gaza in 2009 increased by 180 percent, compared to the amount transferred 2008.
A flotilla of nine vessels organized by pro-Palestinian activists is currently en route to Gaza carrying various goods. However, the total amount of supplies transported by the flotilla, 10,000 tons, is less than the weekly average amount of goods transferred by Israel into Gaza.
Private Israeli citizens organized a flotilla of their own to draw attention to the fact that Hamas continues to illegally hold abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The Israeli flotilla is also calling attention to what they say is the poor treatment of minorities in Turkey, since some of the pro-Palestinian activists' vessels sailing to Gaza embarked from Turkey.
Due to the ongoing weapons-smuggling operations by Iran-backed Hamas, Israel continues to control Gaza's borders and airspace. Egypt controls the Rafah crossing located along the southern Gaza-Egypt border and has kept it almost permanently closed since Hamas overthrew the Fatah authorities in the territory in June 2007.
According to Israeli defense officials, if all of the border crossings were to be opened the quantity and quality of arms imported into Gaza would be strategically problematic for Israel's security.
Although Israel controls Gaza's borders, Hamas still succeeds in smuggling into the territory dozens of tons of standard explosives and other rocket building materials, scores of Grad rockets with ranges of 25 miles (40km), hundreds of mortar shells, dozens of anti-tank weapons and a stockpile of anti-aircraft missiles.
Israel is currently restricting the import of cement and other construction materials into Gaza because Hamas has used such supplies to construct military bunkers. During the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, June to December 2008, the head of the Israeli Security Agency (Shabak) Yuval Diskin told the Israeli cabinet that Hamas was using cement transferred into Gaza to construct military bunkers. During Operation Cast Lead, Israel's defensive operation aimed at halting rocket fire from Gaza, Israeli forces discovered numerous bunkers used as weapons depots and fighting positions.
Humanitarian Aid Transferred from Israel to Gaza in 2010, as of May 8, 2010: 
* In 2010, 230,690 tons of humanitarian aid has been transferred from Israel into Gaza through the Israel-Gaza goods crossings
* More than 6.5 million gallons (25 million liters) of heavy duty diesel fuel for Gaza's power station has been transferred from Israel to Gaza
* More than 12,000 tons of cooking oil has been transferred into Gaza
* 6,354 Gazans have entered Israel on medical grounds
* 86 truckloads of flowers and strawberries have been exported from Gaza into Israel
Humanitarian Aid Transferred from Israel to Gaza in 2009: 
* 738,576 tons of humanitarian aid was transferred from Israel into Gaza through the Israel-Gaza goods crossings
* More than 26 million gallons (100 million liters) of heavy duty diesel for the Gaza power station was transferred from Israel to Gaza
* 10,544 patients from Gaza, along with their escorts, passed into Israel for medical attention
* 4,883 tons of medical equipment and medicines entered Gaza
* 44,500 H1N1 vaccines sent from Israel to Gaza
* 95 truckloads of equipment for water and sewage systems were transferred into Gaza from Israel
Humanitarian Aid Transferred from Israel to Gaza in 2008: 
* 263,063 tons of humanitarian aid was transferred from Israel into Gaza through the Israel-Gaza goods crossings
* More than 18 million gallons (70 million liters) of heavy duty diesel for the Gaza power station was transferred from Israel to Gaza
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