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Old 06-01-2010, 01:07 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by thepetek View Post
I think the issue is in the definite of contraband. The last few aide convoys ended up at an Israeli port and there is some question as to whether the aide got to the people it was intended to get to.

Alternately, don't turn Gaza into the Warsaw ghetto?
It's certainly an issue. But THE issue here was breaking the blockade, not altering the types of aid allowed into the Gaza Strip.

There are also legitimate security issues here. Ships breaking the blockade could be carrying just about anything.

Israel releases arms ship said destined for Hezbollah - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Last year Israel seized 500 tons of small and heavy arms headed to Hezbollah.

This ship apparently had switchblades on board. Again, that's extremely problematic.

As to Gaza being the Warsaw Ghetto it is:

a. Not in Poland

b. Has no Jews (Israel removed all Jews from there in '06)

c. Is under blockade from two factions, as opposed to one (Egypt and Israel)

d. Is governed by a terror group that has the established goal of destroying an existing nation state

e. Has committed, and continues to commit, acts of terror and war crimes

The productivity of the blockade aside, it's tough to see how Israel's at fault for a group of peace activists taking bats and switchblades to people using dispersal techniques.

And again, the blockade exists because without it arms smuggling into Gaza by sea would be extremely easy, and would allow Hamas to gain access to bigger and better weapons, something pretty much nobody wants to see happen outside of Iran.
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