Bluster adds nothing to the debate on Israel
I HAVE been following Mike Thurgood’s diatribes about Israel, which appear regularly in Weekend Argus (“Show us the evidence to support Israel’s claims”, Sunday Views, June 20) and the Cape Argus, with interest.
His latest letter is full of bluster and does not add to the debate. It’s sad that when it comes to Israel people like Thurgood lose all sense of proportion. They paint Israel as a six-headed monster.
So I would like to ask Thurgood where is the proof that the flotilla was not carrying arms ready to repel the “invaders”. Did anyone send the proof to YouTube? Well, it is not necessary to do that. All Thurgood has to do is Google Gaza Flotilla or whatever words he chooses and he will have all the proof he needs.
And no, none of the pictures or videos has been tampered with in any way, except for one clip that was slightly edited by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). Nor was it a scam that Thurgood so disingenuously suggests it was.
The intent of the flotilla and specifically the Mavi Marmara, was to smuggle arms to Gaza. This was confirmed by a French judge, Jean-Louis Bruguiere, who told Associated Press that the Turkish IHH organisation behind the Mavi Marmara had “clear, longstanding ties to terrorism and jihad”.
Earlier this year Pilar Rahola, a Spanish Catalan journalist and former MP said among other things, that: “In our dealings with Israel, we must blow away the red mists of anger that too often cloud our judgment.
“A reasonable and balanced approach should encapsulate the following realities: first, the state of Israel was created by a decision of the UN.
“Its legitimacy, therefore, should not be in question.
“Second, owing to its roots, history, and values, Israel is a fully fledged Western nation.
“Indeed, it is a normal Western nation, but one confronted by abnormal circumstances.
“Uniquely in the West, it is the only democracy whose very existence has been questioned since its inception.”
Rahola also made the point that: “We cannot forget that Israel is the West’s best ally in a turbulent region.”
Perhaps these words should give Thurgood and his ilk some food for thought.