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Turkey: ‘Israel’s bullying in Eastern Med is over,’ And, Israel: ‘We don’t do Gandhi very well’

As I had quipped on my last post: “I will say that a UN report that states something is legal, does not make it necessarily so. Let’s put it before the World Court at The Hague.”

Well, Lah-di-dah… Turkey vows to take legal action against Israelis involved in Gaza flotilla raid.

…”Turkey will take legal actions against the Israeli soldiers and all other officials responsible for the crimes committed and pursue the matter resolutely,” Turkey’s embassy in Washington said in a statement…

Turkey to refer Israel’s blockade of Gaza Strip to The Hague…

…Turkey also announced its rejection of the Palmer omission report’s finding according to which Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave was legal, with Davutoglu saying that Turkey could not “accept the blockade on Gaza.”

“We cannot say that the blockade aligns with international law,” he said, adding that the stance taken by the Palmer Commission Report was the author’s “personal opinion, one which does not correspond with Turkey’s position.”

…”The eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their bullying practices against civilian vessels,” a Turkish official was quoted as saying.

As part of the plan, the Turkish navy will increase its patrols in the eastern Mediterranean and pursue “a more aggressive strategy.”

According to the report, Turkish naval vessels will accompany civilian ships carrying aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Do you suppose that might give some pause to the IDF and Bibi…?

Some other recent, notable reports… European ministers urge Turkey-Israel dialogue. And even Ban Ki Moon had chimed in… UN chief urges Israel, Turkey to improve ties…

Well, today has been a most interesting day in Israel… Some 450,000 Israelis march at massive ‘March of the Million’ rallies across country… However, It remains to be seen whether the J14 protests will still continue on now or not, the key J14 leaders say they will, but, the Israeli media has been reporting that many plan on packing in their tents after this historic March…!

Now, I’d like to feature one of the more egregious Wikileaks cables on the woeful plight of the Palestinians. As +972’s Joseph Dana had noted about this specific Cable…

…This cable should come as a surprise, however, to those in the media (Thomas Friedman) who often rant that what the conflict needs is a Palestinian Gandhi. There are many Palestinian Gandhis but many are in jail because Israel doesn’t ‘do Gandhi very well.’

The Cable also happened to have been written recently, while the Oily Bomber and Hillary are at the helm of the Titannic Ship of State…

Idf Plans Harsher Methods With West Bank Demonstrations

¶1. (C) In meetings with U.S. officials on February 4,(2010) OC Central Command MG Avi Mizrachi expressed frustration with on-going demonstrations in the West Bank, which he believes are being orchestrated to increase tensions. Mizrachi, whose area of responsibility includes all of the West Bank and Central Israel, warned that the IDF will start to be more assertive in how it deals with these demonstrations, even demonstrations that appear peaceful.

¶2. (C) After visiting two of these “so-called peaceful demonstrations,” Mizrachi said he did not know what they were about; the villages were not near the barrier and they had no problems with movement or settlers. Mizrachi asserted that the Palestinian villagers also do not know the reason for the demonstrations and said that they were only demonstrating because they were told to do so.

¶3. (C) Mizrachi warned that he will start sending his trucks with “dirty water” to break up these protests, even if they are not violent, because they serve no purpose other than creating friction. (NOTE: dirty water is a reference to the IDF’s chemically treated water that duplicates the effects of skunk spray. End note.) Mizrachi said he heard rumors that Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad was planning to attend one of these protests, adding that if Fayyad gets sprayed with dirty water, it will make everyone look bad.

¶4. (C) On orders from Mizrachi, West Bank commander BG Nitzan Alon and West Bank civil administrator BG Poli Mordechi reportedly met with the Palestinian security force commanders recently to deliver a strong message that they must stop these demonstrations or the IDF will. Mizrachi asserted that he would prefer not to break up these demonstrations, but will if he must. Many of the demonstrations are organized by “suspicious people,” Mizrachi said, and he plans on arresting organizers of demonstrations that “serve no purpose” beyond exciting the population.

¶5. (C) COMMENT: Less violent demonstrations are likely to stymie the IDF. As MOD Pol-Mil chief Amos Gilad told USG interlocutors recently, “we don’t do Gandhi very well.” The IDF impatience with these demonstrations may also be connected to the recent arrests of foreign NGO workers with expired or solely tourist visas who have been attending, and often organizing, the protests. The GoI reportedly ceased issuing B1 work visas to the foreign staff of NGOs working in the occupied territories; for several months now it has restricted them and their families to B2 visitor visas with varying durations and sometmies limited to single-entry. On February 10, officials from the MOI immigration enforcement unit (the “Oz” unit) told PolOff that they made the arrests of NGO workers in the West Bank at the request of the IDF. However, the court ruled that the Oz unit cannot operate beyond the Green Line, and subsequently released the detainees, who were mostly European. The Oz unit officials told PolOff that they will not challenge that ruling and have no further operations planned in the West Bank. END COMMENT.

“…and have no further operations planned in the West Bank.” Absolute bullshit…!

Btw, It’s not just Bibi shitting bricks over the looming Palestinian Statehood bid at the UN… U.S. Appeals to Palestinians to Stall U.N. Vote on Statehood…

The Obama administration has initiated a last-ditch diplomatic campaign to avert a confrontation this month over a plan by Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations, but it may already be too late, according to senior American officials and foreign diplomats.

Bwahahaha…! As Lauren Rozen had recently tweeted…

Hard to believe this admin is telling allies on peace process to just trust them. Track record so weak, doubt they trust themselves

And…

US official purporting that Plan A–return to negotiating table–is right around corner seems delusional/disinfo to me…

I do suppose we shall see, won’t we…?

God Help the Palestinians…!

*gah*

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