*****Introduction: A Background to the Israeli / Palestinean Conflict*****
After reading the forums on AboveTopSecret, it certainly seems to me that the liberal mainstream media are attempting to purposefully provoke Israel
into attacking their ships so that they can create an incident. It also appears to me that the populace seems to be eating up all the sound bytes the
media throws them without even bothering to research the situation for themselves. Therefore, I felt it prudent to make an attempt at researching the
history of Israel for myself.
In this thread, I will first examine the history of Israel post World War II, depicting a history of the Arab world that, as far as I can tell,
purposefully attacks the Jews simply out of hatred.
I will attempt to find any motivations the Arab world might have besides simple hatred of Jews in its crusade against their country and justification
for setting up the Jewish state as well, if either exist... viewpoints and information regarding this would be appreciated.
Also, after the history is examined, I will attempt to do some research into claims that I hear about the Jewish people are preventing basic resources
such as food from entering Gaza and examine what happened on the Turkish vessel. It might also be interesting to find out what Obama's stance on
Israel is. But this will probably have to happen in a second post.
****Part One: Hamas Rocket Attacks from the Gaza Strip Since 2001*****
Palestinean Hamas has fired over 8,600 rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Not only that, their tactics aren't noble either.
"Khaled Jaabari, Gaza commander of the al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades, said that the group uses Google Earth to determine targets. Rocket fire is often
timed for the early morning when children head to school."
What are the Palestinian motives for the attack?
"[Hamas] regards the whole of historic Palestine as Islamic land and therefore views the state of Israel as an occupier, though it has offered a
10-year "truce" if Israel withdraws to the lines held before the war of 1967. It therefore generally justifies any actions against Israel, which has
included suicide bombings and rocket attacks, as legitimate resistance. Specifically in Gaza, it argued that Israel's blockade justified a
counter-attack by any means possible."
*****Part Two: Israel and Egypt Blockade the Gaza Strip*****
What is this? It turns out that both Israel and Egypt have been blockading the Gaza strip since 2007, after Hamas won the Palestinean elections in
2006 and then attacked its rival Palestinean party, Fatah, and took control of the Palestinean territory in the Battle of Gaza. This was a messy
battle, fought on both sides by Palestineans.
"Human Rights Watch accused both sides with violations of international humanitarian law, in some cases amounting to war crimes. The accusations
include the targeting and killing of civilians, public executions of political opponents and captives, throwing prisoners off high-rise apartment
buildings, fighting in hospitals, and shooting from a jeep marked with "TV" insignias. The International Committee of the Red Cross has denounced
attacks in and around two hospitals in the northern part of the Gaza strip."
What else is going on with this blockade? Well, it turns out that Israel has been very agreeable with Egypt, even agreeing to leave the border open
even as the Palestineans continue to violate cease-fire agreements. It also turns out that Hamas itself seems to be sabatodging and stealing foreign
"On 12 January, Hamas raided some 100 aid trucks entering Gaza, stole their contents and sold them to the highest bidders. On 20 January, gunmen from
Hamas' armed wing seized 12 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid that had been donated by the Jordanian government to the Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip, according to Jordanian and Palestinian Authority officials."
"On 3 February, 3,500 blankets and over 400 food parcels were confiscated by Hamas police personnel from an UNRWA distribution center. On the
following day, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator demanded that the aid be returned immediately. In a separate incident on 5 February, Hamas seized
200 tons of food from UNRWA aid supplies. The following day, UNRWA suspended its activities in Gaza. Hamas issued a statement stating that the
incident was a misunderstanding between the drivers of the trucks and had been resolved through direct contact with the UNRWA. On 9 February, UNRWA
lifted the suspension on the movement of its humanitarian supplies into Gaza, after the Hamas authorities returned all of the aid supplies
*****Part Three: The War of 1967 (Palestine's Justification for Attacks on Israel)*****
Apparently, this war involved Egypt threatening to invade Israel with the full intent of wiping them off the map, although this seems to have been
provoked by border clashes between Israel and Syria.
"Following numerous border clashes between Israel and its Arab neighbours, particularly Syria, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser expelled the
United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) from the Sinai Peninsula in May 1967. The peacekeeping force had been stationed there since 1957, following a
British-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt which was launched during the Suez Crisis. Egypt amassed 1,000 tanks and nearly 100,000 soldiers on the
Israeli border and closed the Straits of Tiran to all ships flying Israeli flags or carrying strategic materials, receiving strong support from other
Arab nations. Israel responded with a similar mobilization that included the call up of 70,000 reservists to augment the regular IDF forces."
What led to this?
[edit on 3-6-2010 by darkbake]