Rabin & Arafat Agreed -- Their Oslo Accords Justify Israel Smacking Flotilla
06/07/2010 - 13:17
Jonathan Mark


While there's been no shortage of Jews who insist that Israel was wrong to stop and board the terrorist flotilla. there's been a curious disconnect. Most of the Jews who got the most sea-sick by Israel's self-defense are the same Jews who constantly want Israel pressured to get more involved in the peace process.

But what do the existing agreements of the peace process have to say about Israel's rights to control the waters off the Gaza coast?

Since the Oslo Accords, signed by the saintly Yitzhak Rabin and his fellow Nobel Laureate Yasser Arafat, are held up as the one of the great moments of the peace process, it might be interesting if anyone bothered to read it. One industrious Arab journalist, Abbas Al Lawati. staff reporter for the Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) did so.

In a Q & A format, Al Lawati explained the basics of the flotilla to his readers. This was in the May 24, 2010 issue of the Gulf News, a week before the Israel-flotilla blowup.  Here are excerpts from two of his questions and answers:

Why does Israel not allow the vessels to enter?
          Israel claims that some of the aid material that is being carried by the vessels could pose a threat to its security, and strengthen Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip. The cement, for example, could be used to build bunkers for Hamas’ leadership, it has argued.

Does Israel have a legal argument in blockading the Gaza Strip?
          ... After the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli war on Gaza, the Israeli Defence Forces began enforcing a naval blockade of Gaza for 20 nautical miles.... In justifying its actions in Gaza's territorial waters, Israel is also likely to cite the Gaza-Jericho agreement of May, 1994. Under the agreement between the Palestinian National Authority and Israel, part of the Oslo Accords, Israel reserved the right to patrol 20 nautical miles of those waters "without limitations" and take "any measures necessary against vessels suspected of being used for terrorist activities... or for any other illegal activity."

Thanks for finding that, Abbas.

So according to Oslo, if Israel could patrol "without limitations," and "take any measures necessary against vessels suspected," then either the agreements reached between Israel and the Palestinians mean something or they don't.

If the peace agreements previously signed mean nothing, then the peace process is a fraud.

If the agreements mean anything, then Israel was 100 percent justified to take "any measures" regarding the flotilla.

And why did it take an Arab reporter, Abbas Al Lawati from the Gulf News, to figure this out?



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Someone should read up on the Warsaw Ghetto - "The Bravest Battle" by Dan Kurzman, and they will find out that over 550,000 people were starved, assaulted, gassed (by so-called smoke-bombs and in the sewer system) beaten, and killed - sometimes by - artillery, airplane incendiary bombings, fire (the entire Ghetto was burned when the Germans found they couldn't just stuff Jews on trains 2 Majdanek) and by firing squad (many were "liquidated" on the spot or @ the Pawiak prisons). Then, they should remember that the Arab, Muslim countries have been promising the same experience to all Israelis as happened in the Warsaw Ghetto 2 understand Y the Israelis have been so single-minded and focussed on defending themselves, BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY!
I say that Israel should do absolutely anything and everything it wants to in its fight to the death against a people who put rat poison in their suicide bombs so the victims will bleed to death.
The rat poison is actually a form of Coumadine, a blood-thinner often given to heart patients to prevent clots. About a decade ago, at least, It started appearing in large dosages in terrorist bombs so that victims who'd be bleeding  would not clot, exacerbating the internal damage.
20 nautical miles is equal to 37km The Mavi Maramara was 150km off the coast of Gaza when the Israeli soldiers boarded it.