When one of our alleged allies in the Middle East attacks a humanitarian aid mission in international waters (reports indicate the flotilla was more than 70 miles off Israel’s coastline), especially one carrying a survivor of the Holocaust, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and several current or former members of the American diplomatic service, then it is definitely time for the United States to end its previously unconditional support for Israel.
Regardless of who actually fired first; an activist on one of the ships defending against an illegal boarding, which would be considered maritime piracy were the attack not sponsored by government … and should be considered an unlawful act of war as it is … or the Israeli commandos, the attack was and is morally repugnant, and should be condemned by Israel’s allies, just as it will be by her enemies.
TEL AVIV—Israeli commandos boarded a flotilla carrying aid and activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip early Monday, with the Israeli military saying that more than 10 activists were killed in a skirmish aboard one vessel during the operation.
The incident triggered strong condemnation from Israel’s friends and foes alike, and plunged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into his worst diplomatic crisis since taking power early last year. Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington this week, a move that Israeli and U.S. officials hoped would mend a recent rift between the two allies.
The sea battle threatens to mar that visit—if it proceeds at all—with Israeli officials scrambling Monday to fend off a diplomatic barrage over the sea battle from Middle Eastern and European capitals. Israel heightened security across the country on Monday in anticipation of Palestinian demonstrations or other unrest.
Perhaps it’s time for the United States and its allies to start imposing military blockades, as well as economic sanctions on the Nation of Israel.