Blus­ter adds noth­ing to the de­bate on Is­rael

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

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.

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