Netanyahu speaks: “The Jewish state has a right to defend itself”

posted at 4:12 pm on June 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Three clips for you, the first of his remarks this evening in Israel reiterating that the flotilla “wasn’t a love boat” and the other two via the IDF of yet more evidence to back him up. (Make sure to read MEMRI’s round-up too of media reports on passengers preparing for martyrdom beforehand.) He goes on for almost nine minutes so you’ll be tempted to bail early, but resist the urge: The key part comes at the end when he demands to know what his supposed allies, who are now falling all over themselves to condemn the raid, would have done differently in his situation. The presumptive answer, per David Ignatius, would be to lift the blockade of Gaza and replace it with a UN presence, “with real safeguards against importation of weapons.” Which, funnily enough, was the same “solution” imposed after Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah, with UN peacekeepers deployed to southern Lebanon to make sure that the local jihadis wouldn’t re-arm after the IDF withdrew. The result: According to our own defense secretary, today Hezbollah has more weapons than most world governments do. That even luminaries like Ignatius still consider the UN a credible option tells you everything you need to know about why the Israelis no longer pay much attention to world opinion.

But what about Bibi’s claim that there’s no humanitarian crisis in Gaza? Surely that’s self-serving propaganda, right? Over to you, Financial Times:

Hundreds of tunnels have shut down over the past year as a result of greater Egyptian efforts to stop the flow of goods – and weapons – into the strip. But the remaining tunnels, about 200 to 300 according to most estimates, have become so efficient that shops all over Gaza are bursting with goods.

Branded products such as Coca-Cola, Nescafé, Snickers and Heinz ketchup – long absent as a result of the Israeli blockade – are both cheap and widely available. However, the tunnel operators have also flooded Gaza with Korean refrigerators, German food mixers and Chinese air conditioning units. Tunnel operators and traders alike complain of a saturated market – and falling prices.

“Everything I demand, I can get,” says Abu Amar al-Kahlout, who sells household goods out of a warehouse big enough to accommodate a passenger jet.

That’s not the only recent news story to marvel at how well supplied Gaza is, either (“there was certainly no shortage of vegetables, fruits or any other ordinary, basic foods”). Read the whole FT piece, as there’s a fair point made that a black market has all sorts of untoward consequences that a free market doesn’t, but the quoted passage nonetheless guts the argument that the flotilla was on some sort of urgent humanitarian mission. Quite the opposite, in fact: When, earlier today, the IDF brought the cargo from the ships to Rafah to transfer it to Gazans, Hamas … refused the shipment.

One last point worth noting here. As far as I know, the prime minister’s addresses to the Israeli nation are usually delivered in Hebrew. The fact that Netanyahu chose English for his remarks speaks volumes about who the real intended audience is. Exit question: Has any leader from any nation spoken a single word of public criticism about Turkey’s role in this jihadist provocation?


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Exit question: Has any leader from any nation spoken a single word of public criticism about Turkey’s role in this jihadist provocation?

Any Armenian journalists or bloggers available to weigh in?

MadisonConservative on June 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Not in The liberal/commie mindset

at least the American Jews will be able to pat themselves on the back when Israel gos since they have voted for their own killers

Sonosam on June 2, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Obama: “[A] good deal of the Israel’s opposition to our peace plan has also been rooted in their sincere and fundamental belief about a nation’s sovereignity,” Obama said. “It’s a belief that their nation has a sovereign right to exist. It’s an agenda that basically offers only one answer to every problem they face: their way only with no room for peaceful co-existence”

Skywise on June 2, 2010 at 4:17 PM

“The Jewish state has a right to defend itself”

I’m completely disgusted that it is necessary to remind people of this.

Aitch748 on June 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

That’s the problem right there. The world does not believe this. Israel needs to learn this quickly.

Esthier on June 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

That ship wasn’t bringing humanitarian aid, nor smuggling arms. It was landing insurgents. Sink the next one, Bibi.

ROCnPhilly on June 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

All the evidence is right there for all to see. Why do so many refuse to see it? When will the Jews give up on Obamao for good?

Conservalicious on June 2, 2010 at 4:19 PM

I stand with Israel: NEVER AGAIN

Laura in Maryland on June 2, 2010 at 4:22 PM

That Netanyahu has to say this speaks volumes about the times we are in.

cthulhu on June 2, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I’d vote for that guy!

ornery_independent on June 2, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I do hope Chumpthreads pops in to this thread. He may not be able to read much for all the brain goo on his monitor after his head explodes from reading about the abundance of cheap food.

Monica on June 2, 2010 at 4:22 PM

And if there’s no humanitarian crisis, where in the hell did our $900 million go?

Monica on June 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM

All the evidence is right there for all to see. Why do so many refuse to see it? When will the Jews give up on Obamao for good?

Conservalicious on June 2, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Never… and I’ll never understand why…

Khun Joe on June 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Too bad this guy is not our president.

Hilts on June 2, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Facts? We don’t need no steenking facts. We gots the Narrative. And the Narrative is clear that people are dying in Gaza because of the complete and utter blockade of Gaza by the criminal IDF in support of the genocidal Israeli government.

Only when Israel is gone and all Jews are killed will there be peace in the Middle East.

/sarc

iconoclast on June 2, 2010 at 4:26 PM

This is a direct result of the disastrous 2008 American Election, turning the US into a feeble, Islam-supporting Obamanation.

Just like Biden said they would, the world’s terrorist leaders are testing Ojesus resolve, and he is either failing miserably or wildly succeeding, depending on your perspective. How is it that 46% of this country STILL support him?! How far will the world fall apart by 2012?

ornery_independent on June 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I’ll sit here and wonder why jews are overwhelmingly democrats when its almost always republicans who will go to bat for Israel anytime against any foe. Obama should’ve been out there day 1 screaming in the faces of the fools at the UN. But no, Israel is evil. Like Free Palestine Now man! Like totally.

TheBlueSite on June 2, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Not in The liberal/commie mindset

don’t forget their allies, the Paleo-nutters. Pat buchanan just last week hosted a 9/11 Truther article on his website.

jp on June 2, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Obama, tempted as he may be, knows condemning Israel over this could very well be to WWIII what the assassination of Franz Ferdinand was to WWI. I.E. easily start a chain of events leading to a mushroom cloud over Tehran (among other places). The Israelis will die on their feet and not on their knees. God bless them. I wish we had their courage in this country.

Kataklysmic on June 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

That even luminaries like Ignatius still consider the UN a credible option tells you everything you need to know about why the Israelis no longer pay much attention to world opinion.

The only way that the UN is a credible option is if your goal is a corrupt one world marxist planet. The place is a never ending stream of meaningless resolutions.

The world is lucky that it has a resolute Israeli State that is now handed a dirty job for which others don’t have the necssary spine.

ontherocks on June 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I remember when I first learned about the Holocaust and could not imagine why so many looked the other way when such evil was being done. I now understand the Holocaust better because of today’s progressives and liberals. I can truly say I would have opposed the Holocaust. No anti-Israel progressive can say the same. The time is coming close – the time to choose sides.

pearson on June 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I’m completely disgusted that it is necessary to remind people of this.

Aitch748 on June 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Ditto – it amazes me that it is even a question.

gophergirl on June 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Has any leader from any nation spoken a single word of public criticism about Turkey’s role in this jihadist provocation?

Was the Turkish government behind the jihadists? I know they wrongly criticized Israel, but were they actually behind the provocation? Maybe I missed something…

Turkey has been a friend to Israel in the past. If they’re stepping away from that, I blame Obama’s lukewarm support for Israel.

Dee2008 on June 2, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Netanyahu speaks simply and very knowledgeably about this situation. He most certainly gets the point across, but his frustration with the “international community” is obvious.

He does, however, inspire confidence and you have no doubt that he means what he says… unlike a certain Obarfa I could mention.

fiatboomer on June 2, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Netanyahu is Churchillian. Love this man. A true leader.

cubachi on June 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Israel has an awesome Prime Minister!! He is strong, and has the backbone to stand up against the world and speak the truth. Gee, dontcha wish Obmao was 1/10th the man Netanyahu is…….

whatzit2u on June 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Look at the Gaza/Israeli conflict in economic terms; where does the money come from for all those black market smuggled goods in the market place? How does Gaza generate foreign exchange to purchase those goods?

What does Gaza produce that generates foreign exchange? Coal? Oil? NatGas? Tobacco? Drugs? Sweat shop labor? What? What is Gaza’s balance of payments account with it’s neighbors look like? What does Gaza export that generates the wealth to build all those apartment complexes that make Gaza look like Beruit?

Where does the money that keeps Gaza alive come from?

Skandia Recluse on June 2, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Prime the torpedos and sink the two that are on the way, and let’s see how many more follow after that.

PatriotRider on June 2, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Amazing speech, like usual.

You-Eh-Vee on June 2, 2010 at 4:35 PM

This is a direct result of the disastrous 2008 American Election, turning the US into a feeble, Islam-supporting Obamanation.

ornery_independent on June 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Yep. And it was the feeble Carter fiasco that gave birth to Iran and all this crap. It only makes sense that Carter II would pick up where the first failure left off. The world recognizes that Obama is weak and incompetent.

pearson on June 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM

When, earlier today, the IDF brought the cargo from the ships to Rafah to transfer it to Gazans, Hamas … refused the shipment.

These “pro palestinian” nimrods get caught in lie after lie, yet the press and the world at large blames Israel every time. There is nothing to argue about– it does no good. Force is all these a–holes understand, and the politically correct West whose feelings get hurt can just get over it.

cartooner on June 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Where does the money that keeps Gaza alive come from?

Skandia Recluse on June 2, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Illegal emigrants crossing into neighboring countries and sending money home?

Seriously, I don’t know. You have an idea?

Dee2008 on June 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Hamas Lunch Menu in Poor Gaza
Rocket Salad with Mushrooms

Israel: Guilty until proven Guilty

Reality Check on June 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Turkish prez is pretty islamist, they need to return to secularis leadership to improve relationship with Israel and the West. This does not appear to be in the cards any time soon.

As for torpedos, well the jihadis make sure there are enough eurolibs and former US ambassadors on board to preclude that. Human shields have worked for them.

clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Ignatius or Ignoramous? Seriously, David. The UN? Have you been napping the last 20 years?

WarEagle01 on June 2, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Indeed Pearson, Carter is the father of the Iranian terror state, he said the Ayotollah was a man of peace as I recall.

clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Exit question: Has any leader from any nation spoken a single word of public criticism about Turkey’s role in this jihadist provocation?

No, but then what country is going to criticise Turkey before Israel has? Rather than demand an apology from the Turkish government for its support for the flotilla of death, Defense Minister Ehud Barak called his Turkish counterpart to talk over what happened.

aengus on June 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM

They want the UN to deal with this?? Please. Okay, so how about the UN doing the humanitarian aid work…if there is any to be done, that should be their job..not the Turk’s.

Terrye on June 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM

“The Jewish state has a right to defend itself”

It’s good every now and then to revisit the obvious.

midlander on June 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM

And if there’s no humanitarian crisis, where in the hell did our $900 million go?

Monica on June 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Switzerland.

OldEnglish on June 2, 2010 at 4:42 PM

The world community — outside of the United States and few others — still does not accept the premise that Jews have a right to survive. That’s the problem.

amerpundit on June 2, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Amen.

CynicalOptimist on June 2, 2010 at 4:42 PM

The world is completely insane.

the_nile on June 2, 2010 at 4:42 PM

“There will be peace in the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate they Jews.” – Golda Meir.

skydaddy on June 2, 2010 at 4:43 PM

exit answer: no.

Phoenician on June 2, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Obama, tempted as he may be, knows condemning Israel over this could very well be to WWIII what the assassination of Franz Ferdinand was to WWI.
Kataklysmic on June 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Well, that and his political stock has been sinking a bit among American Jewish voters. Maybe he’s realizing his long term plans for the final solution may be proceeding a bit too rapidly and he needs to be more patient.

a capella on June 2, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Could we swap Obama for Bibi? I so wish we could. He is a real leader. My God bless and keep Israel.

sandee on June 2, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Mr Netanyahu,
Americans are still your allies, in spite of the perfidy of the vile, treasonous scum currently desecrating our executive branch.
We’re going through a period of insanity right now but we’ll get better soon. I pray that it won’t be too late.

I stand with Israel.

single stack on June 2, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Thank G-d for the American people and their love for Eretz Yisrael.

Go Bibi!!!!!!

Lance Murdock on June 2, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Thank you Bibi.

President Obmaa is still voting present on this incident. To my knowledge our State Department has not said a word of support for Israel.

SC.Charlie on June 2, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I remember when I first learned about the Holocaust and could not imagine why so many looked the other way when such evil was being done.

pearson on June 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I can’t decide whether Europe’s hateful obsession with Israel’s supposed misdeeds is an attempt to ingratiate itself with its restive Muslim populations or a way of absolving itself for its prior extermination efforts.

Infidoll on June 2, 2010 at 4:53 PM

You know, as much of the left would like to disagree with him, Bibi is a good man, and has the interests of his country as his primary concern, not photo ops like the current squatter in the WH

ConservativePartyNow on June 2, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Turkish prez is pretty islamist, they need to return to secularis leadership to improve relationship with Israel and the West. This does not appear to be in the cards any time soon.
clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Depends on how much the Turkish military command has been infiltrated by true believers. If the Kemalists have been replaced, then I agree with you and the military will not stop the madness.

a capella on June 2, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Netanyahu speaks: “The Jewish state has a right to defend itself”

Damm right, Bibi. Whatever you do, don’t give in to that freak of a president, Barack Hussein Obama.

GrannyDee on June 2, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Bibi’s on Facebook- sign the pledge.

Monica on June 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Exemplary speech. At first I wished Israel had better PR. I know now that the best PR imaginable would be insufficient to the task.

Thank you again HotAir for excellence in commentary and contextualization. And HotAir-heads, know that your comments make it a critical info resource for lovers of life and reason.

Quetzal on June 2, 2010 at 4:57 PM

damn straight

rob verdi on June 2, 2010 at 4:57 PM

…are Korean refrigerators any good ? …

Yeah, lets talk about Turkey a bit more; the terror floaters left from…Turkey occupied Cyprus, did the ynot ? From an occupied Greek port called Larnaca ? Turkey out of Cyprus !

runner on June 2, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Israel said it had 20 trucks of aid found on the ships, such as expired medications, clothing, blankets, some medical equipment and toys.

What size trucks? Five tonnes? If so, 5*20 = 100 tonnes.

What happened to the other 9900 tonnes?

OldEnglish on June 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Turkey has been a friend to Israel in the past. If they’re stepping away from that, I blame Obama’s lukewarm support for Israel.

Dee2008 on June 2, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Absolutely true.

Terrye on June 2, 2010 at 5:06 PM

This is a direct result of the disastrous 2008 American Election, turning the US into a feeble, Islam-supporting Obamanation.

ornery_independent on June 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM

You are exactly right. North Korea against South Korea and now the the Middle East ratcheting up the agression against Israel. These counties know the American President is a weak man and they have nothing to fear.

bopbottle on June 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Indeed Pearson, Carter is the father of the Iranian terror state, he said the Ayotollah was a man of peace as I recall.

clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM

When Carter had a chance to kidnap Khomeini and trade him for our hostages he refused to do that to a “holy man”.

txhsmom on June 2, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Kind of OT, but is Rahm the Runt still in Israel, maybe trying to dodge a subpoena just issued by Blago’s defense team today? Our Gal Val Jarrett got one for her own bad self today. Wouldn’t want to leave out the girls! So far the den of ne’re-do-wells, and counting, include Dickie Durbin, Harry Reid, Jesse Jackson Jr. and how many more? So much for the Crook County defense of “we finished investigating ourselves and found nothing wrong.” Illinois Jr. Senator Roland “Trailblazer” Burris’ subpoena has to drop along with some other big names soon. And then there are the guilty parties who are already testifying for Hot Rod. And the dead guys. When the nation gets too depressed about oil spills, wars and the tanking economy, please turn your attention to the really, really big show beginning Thursday under main tent number one! Sure do hope this mess ties up D.C. in knots and prevent the evil ones from moving their agenda of doom forward.

MayorDaley on June 2, 2010 at 5:22 PM

BIBI!

And the anti-Semites come out of the woodwork. The Turks, the Obama regime (and Obama, himself, especially, along with known anti-Semite Clinton), the Brits (along with most of the low-lives of Europe), and, of course, the rest of the so-called ‘Arab world’. If any of those other nations (with the possible exception of the US) had done the same thing, trying to foil the re-supply of terrorist forces on their own soil, would we be going through all this kabuki bullcrap? I think not.

Virus-X on June 2, 2010 at 5:23 PM

AP, BiBi spoke in Hebrew then came back out and spoke in English

ginaswo on June 2, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Conservalicious on June 2, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Khun Joe on June 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Far to many trusted Hitler all the way up to the point it was to late. Nothing new in this behavior.

chemman on June 2, 2010 at 5:28 PM

And if there’s no humanitarian crisis, where in the hell did our $900 million go?

Monica on June 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM

When you get an answer to that one, next ask, “Where in hell did our $900 billion go under Porkulus?”

ya2daup on June 2, 2010 at 5:29 PM

There are countless examples of why we shouldn’t put the UN in charge of keeping weapons out of a country. Countless. You’d have to be mad to suggest that as a viable solution to this problem.

scalleywag on June 2, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I have to admit, I’ve had a very difficult time wading through the BS in the media. With the list of items prohibited by Israel (such as chocolate, music instruments, certain types of food, etc) it gives the appearance they are being unduly harsh and punishing rather than using the blockade as a necessary quarantine to keep out weapons. I’m relieved to read that there is no “starving” that many in the media keep insisting.

EarthToZoey on June 2, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Israelis are fortunate to have such a strong and able man watching their backs.

scalleywag on June 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Just like the Cuban blockade, just like 9/11, the Israelis have a right to defend themselves.

Vince on June 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Not Humanitarian- Strictly Bizness

Hamas activists do not want or need aid, they want ‘aid’ money control and supplies for war. Hence the need to break the sea blockade, and this new strategy. Financial times notes the markets are well stocked.

In reality peace/open land border hurts the hamastan economy. Al jazeera notes the smuggling profits increase with a few rockets and closures.

The veal picatta at the Gaza Roots Club sounds delicious.

Reality Check on June 2, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Oh, what pride one must feel to have a leader who actually stands up for his country rather than appologize for it.

Scrappy on June 2, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Bibi’s on Facebook- sign the pledge.

Monica on June 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I’ve just become a fan of his page. I fully expect my self-righteous leftist classmates to bombard my wall with “ZOMG WTF are you doing?!?”-type stuff now.

The most recent thing on his page is that Fox News video. I was actually quite surprised that the interviewer was saying things like “Where is the evidence that these people had terrorist connections?” and “Was this a mistake?” – prime counterexample to the claim that Fox has a strong right-wing bias.

ClassicalMusicNerd on June 2, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Bibi = Leader

Obama = Doddler

Good Lt on June 2, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Not according to this administration, Just shut up and die.

Israel is the ONLY friend USA has in the region,the middleeast and all terrorists smell the weakness of this admin.and are closing in for kill.

God bless and help all people trying to survive this Islamic
regime of barbarians.

concernedsenior on June 2, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Is there even one nation that is Israel’s friend? They appear to be completely isolated. It won’t be long before the world goes beyond ugly words spoken of Jews and Israel and uses force.

Skidd on June 2, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Bibi’s on Facebook- sign the pledge.

Monica on June 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Thanks for posting that Monica. I signed it and “Like”d his page.

ornery_independent on June 2, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Bibi, I remember the first time I ever saw you was during the Persian Gulf War; you were giving an interview when an Iraqi scud missile alert went off and you sat there so cool in the face of such danger. G*d has you where you are right now for a reason. Bless you.

Special K on June 2, 2010 at 9:29 PM

When, earlier today, the IDF brought the cargo from the ships to Rafah to transfer it to Gazans, Hamas … refused the shipment.

Of course they did, you wouldn’t expect them to want it after it had been handled by dirty JOOOooos would you?

agmartin on June 2, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Netanyahu speaks: “The Jewish state has a right to defend itself”

Florida ?

borntoraisehogs on June 3, 2010 at 12:46 AM

Listened to a lot of this speech on Hannity. God, to have a strong leader like him again.

hawkdriver on June 3, 2010 at 1:28 AM

Too many liberal Jews and that’s what will kill them

for some reason they have foresaken the Christians who are their only true ally

it is all self inflicted

Sonosam on June 3, 2010 at 5:15 AM

This latest activisim by the Islamists
is simply the rotten fruit of Obama’s anti-Israel
and anti-American foreign pronouncements & policies.

Will Western Civilization, survive the next 960 days of BHO?

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on June 3, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Hey, I sent a trackback ping to this post, but it doesn’t show up! It didn’t on at least 2 other posts I pinged either. Could you please check your database to see if there’s any pings stuck in the back room? Thank you.

Avi Green on June 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM