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The IDF lied about the flotilla.


” Zio-Nazi lied about the Gaza Flotilla”


By: Alex Fishman

Yediot, June 29 2011 There is no information that there is going to be a group of radicals on board that will form a hard core of  violent resistance against IDF soldiers. Nor is there any clear information about live weapons that will be onboard the ships. It is very reasonable to assume that this is one working assumption, alongside of many otherscenarios and working assumptions that have come up in the brainstorming sessions in the army and the various intelligence services in advance of the upcoming flotilla. But when a working assumption of that sortis turned into a fact by the Israeli public relations machine that is liable to prove to be a boomerang that couldcast Israel as unreliable.

That’s the way it is in Israel. Before the previous flotilla no one bothered even to enlist people who speak  Turkish to monitor the publicly-available information in Turkish, which indicated precisely what was going tohappen. In advance of this flotilla they’re digging up the most marginal information, some of which is basedon unreliable sources and some of which has not been verified. Take, for example, the report about chemicalsthat supposedly are going to be used against IDF troops: The issue at hand are sacks of fertilizer that havebeen loaded onto one of the ships. Some of the fertilizers are phosphate-based. Israel has banned substancesof that sort from entering Gaza since those organic fertilizers can be used as rocket fuel and in bombs.

Hamas no longer needs to use fertilizer for those purposes, since it now obtains standard explosives via thetunnels. There is no argument: the IDF needs to be prepared for the worst case scenario. It needs to be prepared for asituation in which someone on board the ships opens live fire. But the dramatic announcements by Israelabout preparations being made on board the ships to fight to the death and to kill IDF soldiers are strongly redolent of propaganda. Smart PR work most certainly has the capacity of embarrassing the other side inpublic opinion. In the meantime, the more sober situation assessment is that IDF troops are liable toencounter intense physical resistance on two of the ships — the French vessel,

Le Dignité-El Karameh, and an Arab boat that was bought by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood. The flotilla, which was supposed to set forth yesterday, has been delayed by two days. Some of the ships havebeen damaged unexpectedly. The Israeli diplomatic effort this time was successful in persuading thegovernments of Greece and Cyprus to prevent — or, at the very least, to delay — the departure of the ships.Every day that passes in which the flotilla does not set sail increases the chances of it becoming even moredepleted. Quite a number of the people who are supposed to take part in the flotilla — people fromSwitzerland, the United States and Holland — flew in at their own expense, and are now stranded and waiting at their own expense. Thus far, Israel has been quite successful in its efforts to buy time and to deplete theflotilla. Out of the 15 ships that originally were supposed to take part in the flotilla, the number is now downto six. It is not inconceivable that the current delay is not the last one either. The organizers of the flotillakeep on discovering new problems every day.


Israel ministers slam flotilla threat as ‘spin’

An Israeli navy vessel enters the southern Israeli port of Ashdod [AFP, File]
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Several Israeli ministers have accused the army of “spin” over its claims that activists on board a Gaza-bound flotilla plan to harm Israeli soldiers, Maariv newspaper reported on Wednesday. 

The paper quoted several unnamed members of Israel’s security cabinet as saying the claims were “media spin” and “public relations hysteria.”

On Monday, Israeli military spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovitz said there were “radical elements” among the activists participating in the sea convoy, including some carrying “dangerous incendiary chemicals.”

But security cabinet ministers told Maariv they were given no such information when they were briefed on the flotilla this week, and even accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office of being behind the disinformation.

“Netanyahu decided to change the version about the nature of the flotilla for two reasons that are connected to the international community,” one of the ministers, who were not named, told the newspaper.

“The first is for reasons of covering himself — if, suddenly, in the course of the military operation something goes awry and there are casualties, Israel will be able to say that it warned of that in advance.

“The second reason is to apply pressure on the international community so that governments will prevent the ships from leaving for the flotilla from the outset.”

The newspaper said ministers were angry they had not been briefed about the alleged threats from the flotilla, which is expected to set sail a little more than a year after a Turkish-led mission to the Gaza Strip.

That attempt ended in bloodshed when Israeli commandos raided the ships, killing nine Turkish activists and prompting international condemnation.

Israel has been following preparations for the new flotilla closely, and ministers said it was “inconceivable” that institutions including the Israeli military “would produce for the media information that is the complete opposite of what we were told.”

“There is increasing reason to fear that this is spin. Nothing of the information that was disseminated to the media was presented to us,” another minister told Maariv on condition of anonymity.

Activists preparing to set sail with the 10-vessel convoy to Gaza have rejected claims they planned to use violence against Israeli troops.

Nearly 300 pro-Palestinian activists from 22 countries including Canada, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Spain are set to join the flotilla, among them dozens of middle-aged and elderly Americans and Europeans.

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