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Commission to Investigate Israel’s Right to Self-Defense, Obama Approves

Posted on June 15 2010 9:00 am
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.

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This past weekend, Israel yielded to world pressure and convened a panel to investigate its decision to defend itself from a Turkish terrorist invasion, granted, one in which the terrorists chose to hide themselves among the useful (humanitarian) idiots. The White House has called this an “important step forward.”

Oh, is there a bridge I’d like to sell you.

Turkey has not been pressured into convening a similar panel to investigate the role the Turkish-funded Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH) organization played in this so-called freedom flotilla. Nor is Turkey admitting that it funded the mercenaries who came precisely to trigger a riot of world propaganda against Israel. Unbelievably, it worked.

But that’s Turkey for you: They still refuse to admit the Turkish genocide of the Armenians.

The Israeli panel will consist of two Israeli experts in international law, one retired Israeli Supreme Court Justice, and two foreign observers, one from Ireland, one from Canada. Why is Israel being forced to waste time in justifying its right to exist? What diversion is this from more imminent dangers?

I have a friend, the Canadian author and publisher Howard Rotberg, who believes that Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah are preparing a chemical attack against Israel. He tells me that just today, Israel distributed gas masks to all of its citizens in a drill. Gas masks? Awful, terrible, but ironic too since just today Israel has also announced that it possesses a huge deposit of natural gas, possibly an amount great enough to be a game-changer.

However, according to another of Rotberg’s sources (Geostrategy-Direct):

Western intelligence sources said the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has overseen the accumulation of a huge missile arsenal along the border with Lebanon. The sources said the arsenal included Scud C and Scud D missiles, with ranges of 550 and 700 kilometers, respectively. The Scuds are kept just inside Syrian territory to avoid an Israeli attack, an intelligence source said. The sources said the Syrian military has been training the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah to operate the Scuds.

But I have two other friends who tell me that Israelis seem quite happy and are going about their business without a headline-induced worry in the world.

Maybe they are living in denial, maybe they have closed themselves off from reality, but their economy is thriving. Maybe they want to savor each moment of life, they love life, they’re at the beach, having a good time one friend said.

But back to the Flotilla Chelm Commission. Yes, this is better than a United Nations Commission or one staffed by the European Union. But really, the idea that Israeli soldiers are killers, torturers, the most bloodthirsty soldiers in the world is offensive and hilarious.

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