|2 weeks ago :: Aug 15, 2015 - 5:49PM #801|
Not what the letter says, BDBoy. Here's the text:
Welcome to Israel,
You seem to have gotten lost. Perhaps you meant to sail to a place not far from here – Syria, where Assad’s army is slaughtering its people every day, and is supported by the murderous Iranian regime.
Here in Israel we face a reality in which terrorist organizations like Hamas try to kill innocent civilians. We defend our citizens against these attempts in accordance with international law.
Despite this, Israel transports goods and humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip – up to 800 trucks a day. In the past year we enabled the entry of over 1.6 million tons of products, an average of one ton per person in the Gaza Strip. By the way, these supplies are equivalent to 500,000 boats like the one you came in on today…
There is no siege on the Gaza Strip, and you are welcome to transfer any humanitarian supplies for the Gaza Strip through Israel.
Barring the entrance of boats and ships into the Gaza Strip is in accordance with international law, and was even backed by a committee commissioned by the United Nations Secretary General.
If you were truly concerned about human rights, you would not be sailing in support of a terrorist regime which summarily executes citizens in the Gaza Strip, and uses children as human shields…”
- See more at: mondoweiss.net/2015/06/netanyahu-flotill...
The difference being that Gaza is not under siege, but only under a limited blockade which seeks to prevent only certain materials from entering -- namely, those materials which can be used in belligerent violent acts towards Israel. And, in fact, the letter states clearly that all humanitarian supplies on the boat would be transferred to Gaza. (There weren't any, of course).