For the past several years, Egypt and Israel have maintained a joint blockade of the Gaza Strip. Gaza is a small rectangular portion of Israel that borders Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. The people of Gaza are predominantly Muslim who were Jordanians and Egyptians before 1948 when the U.N. started carving the new nation into sections based on religion.
Why do so many Islamic people, particularly Arabs, hate the Jews?
First, Mohammad was a Jew rejected by the Jewish people for his radical religious ideas. He was driven into the Arabian Desert where he later became a military leader and conqueror. Because of his rejection by his native people, he and his followers despised them.
Second, the Ottoman Empire backed the Axis powers during World War I. At the end of the war, the empire was carved up by the European powers and France occupied Syria (which included Lebanon) and England occupied Egypt and Transjordan. At the end of the Second World War, large Jewish populations had been driven from their homes. Many migrated into the relative safety of the British Empire to the land occupied by their ancestors before Rome drove them into the wilderness (the Diaspora, A.D 70-130). In 1948, the United Nations recognized the existence of Israel and decreed it to be a Jewish homeland. Deciding to create an Israel approximating the one in the Old Testament, they drew the nations boundary lines arbitrarily severing parts of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.
It is worth noting that prior to the British occupation of Transjordan there was no Palestine and no people known as Palestinians. The British named the costal Provence of Transjordan Palestine in 1921 after the Roman term for the Province after the Diaspora.
In 2008, more than 10,000 rockets and missiles were fired from Gaza into other parts of Israel. Most of the missiles fired from Gaza originated from Syria and Iran and were smuggled into Israel either across the Egyptian border or by small boats on the Mediterranean Sea. Imagine Ohio firing 10,000 rockets and missiles into Indiana and Kentucky. What would you do?
After Israel attacked and wiped out militant sites in Gaza, Israel and Egypt agreed to blockade Gaza to reduce the number of weapons smuggled into that part of Israel. This blockade is perfectly legal under International law.
Israel has intercepted hundreds of boats headed to Gaza in the past couple of years. In this particular case, the "flotilla" of six boats left with fanfare from Turkey and declared that they were an humanitarian mission to Gaza to break the blockade. When intercepted by the Israelis, they were instructed to pull into Israel's Ashdod port where they would be inspected and any humanitarian aid would be taken to Gaza by truck. The flotilla declined. When the lead vessel was boarded, the Israeli soldiers were attacked.
What if the U.S. government allowed a flotilla of boats from Canada to pass through a several year-long blockade of Ohio? Wouldn't other boats begin to cross from Canada to Ohio? Wouldn't some of those boats attempt to smuggle in rockets and missiles? Doesn't the U.S. Government owe a duty to the citizens of Indiana and Kentucky to protect them from attack by Ohio? The same is true with Israel.
What does it mean when many of the "peace activists" on the boats wrote letters to their families stating that they were leaving on a martyrdom mission and had prepared new wills? Does that sound like an intentional provocation to lay the foundation for another Islamic war against Israel? Is it a coincidence that Iran recently announced that it now has enough fissionable material to make two nuclear warheads? A fact that has been quietly known for about a year while Iran continues to refine material for more nuclear weapons.
Why is it that Israel, enforcing a blockade of a portion of its own country where eight people were killed, creates international outrage and vehement condemnation. Yet a North Korean submarine torpedoes and sinks a South Korean warship, killing 46 crew members, and little is said in the news and there is no international outrage or condemnations.
Could it be because North Korea has nuclear weapons and everyone believes that they will use them? What about Iran, which continues to insist that it will wipe out Israel and the United States?
Before Germany invaded its neighbors at the outset of World War II, it sent in agents provocateur to provoke the other nation into firing the first shot. That justified the following invasion.
Could it be that places like Iran are trying to manufacture an excuse to nuke Israel? Is it possible that the seat of the old Ottoman Empire, Turkey, and other nations or radical elements within Syria, Jordan, and Egypt would be all too happy to help?