I would like to take this opportunity to once again applaud Israel for the incredible restraint they continue to show day after day and year after year. It is amazing what Israel puts up with in that region, and with so little actual physical help from the rest of the planet.
If they decide to push the big, red button, I wouldn't blame them one bit. They are more than justified in doing so.
Those evil, evil terrorists.
Those terrible human beings who carried no guns and were transporting humanitarian aid to gaza.
10 of them deserved to be shot, right?
Come on. That is exactly the kind of bs that is hurting this world right now. The idea that is ok to slaughter civillians and get away with it. No matter which way you spin it, the fact was that 10 people were killed by the Israelis in international waters, who were intending to give aid to gaza. This is WRONG.
I find your avatar rather ironic in this thread.
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Freedom on international waters doesn't mean freedom to do whatever the hell you want. You cannot run arms. Granted, there were no arms on the ships, but given the history of such shipments to Gaza in the past, Israel had reasonable suspicion there they MIGHT be weapons aboard the flotilla, and that gave them the right to board the ships in order to inspect them. Also, given the fact that the ships were brazenly attempting to run the blockade, that further heightened reasonable suspicion. According to existing maritime law, Israel acted legally. Now, was this a smart move on Israel's part? Probably not, but it was all legal.
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International Law, like the British constitution, does not exist in one canon of documents but is established through a mind-blowing network of treaties, agreements and precedents and has no single authority to enforce it. There simply will be no conclusive judgement on the matter, as there wasn't with the legality issue on the Iraq invasion. Might can be right and so can the force of international diplomatic and economic pressure. It seems that de jure authority will always play second fiddle to de facto power. Israel may either prosper or suffer as a result but the legions of lawyers and professors currently working on Tuesday morning's events won't be the ones who decide the outcome.
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Alan Dershowitz: Israel's Actions Were Entirely Lawful Though Probably UnwiseThe second issue is whether it is lawful to enforce a legal blockade in international waters. Again, law and practice are clear. If there is no doubt that the offending ships have made a firm determination to break the blockade, then the blockade may be enforced before the offending ships cross the line into domestic waters. Again the United States and other western countries have frequently boarded ships at high sea in order to assure their security.
You're saying that if a permission by the ship's nation is not being given it cannot be boarded, no matter what.
For example, permission would have to be given by Iran before an arms ship to Hezbollah/Hamas is boarded(Francop affair) .
That is clearly wrong, everything that was necessary for the ships in this case to be boarded legally on international waters was that they'll decalre their intention as running a blockade, which they did.
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This only supports the fact that the flotilla was created to provoke Israel to defend itself and thus be accused of being an evil man slaughtering nation. It's just as PM Netanyahu said. The world will find Israel guilty until proven guilty. Any action of Israel receives world condemnation because the world has sold out to Arab interests. So much for "humanitarian" mission.
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