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Israeli leadership responds to flotilla

Related: Editorial: The flotilla fiasco

By Ann Telnaes  |  June 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Foreign Policy  
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This one shows your ignorance. Didn't you se the video clips?
You should get together with Helen Thomas.

Posted by: xvoliveoil | June 9, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Why does the left ignore facts? They are supposed to be so much smarter than the rest of us. The video tapes do not lie. The people aboard those ships were not peaceful, they were violent. Israel has the right to inspect ships carrying anything to Gaza. As long as Hamas wants to destroy Israel these inspections will continue. It just amazes me how much the left is willing to distort and ignore facts, and support violent regimes like Hamas.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 5, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

This one sucks, Ann.

Read the facts.

And if you need any proof, look at the comments of the people who are pleased by it, like "lufrank1."

Posted by: janeb2 | June 5, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

As with so many commentaries on the conflict in the Middle East, this silly cartoon is an uninformed generalization that doesn't do any service to either side and continues to satisfy or provoke the ire of people who believe that it's a simple situation with a simple answer. To suggest that either side is entirely innocent or blameless is just irresponsible and lazy at this point.

Posted by: ysatis830 | June 4, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

As with so many commentaries on the conflict in the Middle East, this silly cartoon is an uninformed generalization that doesn't do any service to either side and continues to satisfy or provoke the ire of people who believe that it's a simple situation with a simple answer.

Posted by: ysatis830 | June 4, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Hillarious, but so true.

Posted by: OliverH2 | June 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

yes Isreal should not stop gun runners

Posted by: oldhat | June 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I saw were it was reported by MSNBC that the Israeli Navy Seals were only armed initially with paint guns when they first boarded these ships. A riot ensued and one of those Seals were thrown overboard. They had instructed the Captains of those vessels to a port where this aid could be unloaded and delivered into Gaza and they ignored those instructions. Of course it might be doubtful if it ever would have been delivered.

Israel is just a very small country that is the World's only Jewish Nation. I think there are enough Jews in the World to deserve their own little strip of soveigrn land. It's powerful enemies are the oil rich Arab Nations who seem to like to stir up and support the Palestinians. It would be nice to see some type of permanent peaceful agreement concerning all the Middle East issues.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 2, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

If you don’t recognize that Israel’s continuous displacement of Palestinians, bulldozer destruction of their hundreds of years old markets and villages, occupation of Palestinian’s hundreds of years old lands, and blockade of even humanitarian bare sustenance relief for Gaza is INDEED Nazi behavior, then you are an ANTI-HUMANTITARIANS

Please don’t hand me the crap about Jews being there back in ancient history. If you do that YOU are obligated to give up your house to American Indians, and move back to . . . . Where?
And please don’t hand me the crap of God’s chosen people! That smacks of Pat Robertson level ignorance.

Posted by: lufrank1 | June 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Great cartoon Ann! Your depiction is spot on. Disproportionate force is the message to the pro-israel bots.

Posted by: Desert_Fox | June 2, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

We must not offend Hamas (Telnaes 2010)
We must not offend Mister Hitler (FD Roosevelt 1038)

Posted by: rivenq | June 2, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Somali pirates and Israeli anti-flotilla commandos? Somai pirates aren't trained to rappel from helicopters bought from American defense contractors with American taxpayer money.

What's the Israeli security claim in attacking ships of foreign registry carrying foreign nationals sailing to the Port of Gaza in international waters? Cover for a last-minute sneak attack on Haifa with sticks and stones? The attack was so supid and abviously illegal, that you have to wonder whether there's a new category in Mosaic Law for goring one's own ox.

And good grief. Equating criticism of belligerent and illegal actions and violations of minimal human rights standards by the Israeli government with Anti-Semitism has really got to be the very last refuge of a scoundrel. It's bizarre, but this canard seems to come more readily from the mouths of Falwell-inebriate fundamentalists than from Jews in either the US or Israel.

Posted by: aprilglaspie | June 2, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Shame on you, Ann Telmaes for inciting more hatred. Such blatant Jew blaming is lazy, dull-witted, without nuance and, frankly, not at all creative. Your cartoon comment was a tired cliche. I always credited you with greater insight and more original expressions. This is just good old fashioned Jew hating.

I *never* comment on such things. But I REGISTERED for this site so that I could say that.

I am extremely disappointed in you, Ann.

Snmir1, you are RIGHT ON.

Posted by: joodge | June 2, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Great cartoon! Israel was not in any danger if the help would reach Gaza, yet it used disproportionate force boarding a ship in international waters. There were posts calling the people on the ships terrorists. The people who tried to send humanitarian aid to Gaza were not terrorist, but citizens who cold not take the unjust situation in Gaza any more. They have defended themselves from intruders.

Whoever does not agree with an unjust situation today is a terrorist. What happened to "freedom fighters", to "resistance". During second world war they were celebrated as heroes, or today we have no more unjust situations?

Posted by: jolandakp | June 2, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

This was no different than Hammas strapping bombs on a 10year old (innocent people)and sending them out to dare Israel to shoot them. And by doing so be condemed by a world that tries to "get along" with cut-throats and terrorists. It's called appeasement. The Jews learned their lesson long ago where that takes them...

Posted by: Templar5800 | June 2, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Love Telnaes cartoons, especially those towels. This time you are a little too tough on Israel and its intelligent response to "humanitarism". Our way of handling things is different. We sit and twiddle our thumbs, watching Iran build an atom bomb. Now this is what many people think is an appropriate response to Islam. Wait until they detonate it, then try to act. Israel acts.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | June 2, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

there is only one little problem with the cartoon; it is inaccurate. the people who were shot were terrorists, who would have been shot in any city in america during a riot situation (which is what the videos demonstrate) or while they were attempting to kill someone, particularly someone in authority (which also was shown by the videos). the organizations that organized the flotilla have been on the CIA's list of terrorist organizations for years. that the israeli military let themselves to fall into the turkish/hamas trap was unfortunate. the purpose of the blockade is to prevent hamas from getting any more arms and rockets than it has already acquired -- a reasonable goal for a country in war zone (israel) against an terrorist enemy (hamas) that has amply demonstrated a willingness to kill civilians without compunction. however, the israeli army should have used other means to frustrate the terrorists' attempt to run blockade. so, if you want to say that the military acted stupidly, you are probably correct. if you want to say that they did not have the right to act as they did, you are supporting murders. if someone wishes to say that israel does not have a right to defend itself, he or she is essentially saying israel does not have a right to exist. i would not argue with anyone who would then call that person an an anti-semite.

Posted by: snmir1 | June 2, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

A more apropos comparison of the bathtub scene would be of the liberal media attacks against Sarah Palin. Liberals always preach tolerance, but never practice it themselves.

Posted by: carbonhog | June 2, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Yet another insightful commentary.

Well drawn.

Posted by: postfan1 | June 2, 2010 4:51 AM | Report abuse

I think, essentially told the truth in a witty.
Israel, was shot and killed unarmed people. To say this, there is no need to be antisemitic.

Posted by: emrecc | June 2, 2010 4:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm impressed. One person chucking the inevitable anti-semitism accusation and another accusing Israel of Naziism all in the space of 4 posts.

Incisive debate going on here!.

So lufrank1, go to Wikipedia and do a search for "Godwin's Law". "Reductio at Hitlerem" is not an argument.

And llwsbrn8, somebody who disagrees with Israeli government policy is not automatically an anti-semite, just the same as someone who disagrees with Republican or Democrat policy isn't necessarily anti-American. If you believe either, you are far more likely to be an extremist than the person you are criticising - and far less likely to realise it.

Posted by: triogenes | June 2, 2010 4:03 AM | Report abuse

First time I've seen you getting it wrong, Ann. It wasn't Israel that was wielding the bats or bashing in heads.

But you know that, don't you. It's okay, though, I don't look at your work for either your political acumen or moral insight.

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | June 2, 2010 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Finally, someone says it like it was.

Posted by: washpost16 | June 2, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised how antisemitic that cartoon is. May I refer the cartoonist to the You Tube video of what actually happened. Maybe she would learn something than the liberal outlook she espouses.

Posted by: llwsbrn8 | June 1, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Again - Magnificent!
The two "ours" towels give it just the right touch.

Unfortunately, an appropriate title would be,
"Portrait of the New Nazi-Germany"

Posted by: lufrank1 | June 1, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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