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MIDEAST: Flotilla not really about aid

Letter by Leonard J. Westhoff, Eatonville on June 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm | 54 Comments »
June 7, 2010 9:15 am

I always enjoy Charles Krauthammer’s columns, and his June 4 column, “Critics would leave Israel with no means of defense,” was especially interesting.

I have carefully read most of the published news reports and commentary regarding the most recent incident. Until I read Krauthammer’s column, I was not aware that Israel allows any and all non-military aid to be sent to Gaza and in fact actually trucks 10,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies into Gaza every week. The only requirement being that such shipments first be brought to an Israeli port for inspection.

This flotilla of “aid” was not about humanitarian relief; it was about defying Israel’s attempt to peaceably keep military supplies and armament out of the hands of Hamas. Is it an accident that this rather important fact was omitted from printed, broadcast and on-line accounts of this incident?

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