Now that Israel, Greece and the U.S. have bullied the Flotilla activists to such a degree that some have been arrested and it appears the Freedom Flotilla will simply not happen this year, Israel is on to the next big threat to its existence- pro-Palestinian activists flying into Ben Gurion airport and announcing they want to travel to Palestine:
A coalition of organizations has made public its intention to have hundreds of international activists land at Ben-Gurion airport this Friday, July 8th, and openly admit their intention to visit the Palestinian Territories. The campaign has been named “Welcome to Palestine.”
A police source told the daily Maariv that an effort will be made to locate the activists before they board their flights to Israel. “Those who will try to disturb public order will be dealt with,” a spokesperson for the Foreign Office told the site Walla.co.il.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office has released a statement declaring that the arrival of the protesters “is a continuation of the efforts to undermine Israel’s right to exist.” Netanyahu ordered the Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharomowitz (Israel Beitenu) to handle the preparation of all security agencies to the arrival of the activists.
Yup, that’s it. All they are going to do is arrive and say “Hi, we’re here to visit Palestine.” The End. And that apparently threatens Israel’s right to exist.
Israel says it is going to “locate the activists before they board their flights to Israel?” How in the world are they going to do that? Turn this into a full-scale covert intelligence operation?
Did it ever occur to Israel that perhaps ignoring these things and not creating a huge hullabaloo and media frenzy, might actually be preferable to turning every little thing into a huge international incident? Oh, sorry, I forgot- Israel has to turn everything into a huge international incident otherwise people might forget the whole world is out to get them.
Of course, the more Israel push backs and makes a huge fuss, the more activists are going to be inspired to come up with new and exciting ways to get Bibi Netanyahu’s britches all tied up in a knot.
So, now, what is the State Dept. going to say? That these activists don’t have a right to air travel? That flying the friendly skies is a needless provocation? Isn’t it a bit strange that we supported and continue to support Egypt, Libya, and Syria’s protests movements even though at times they became violent (in self defense), while taking the position that sailing to Gaza or simply flying to Israel with a particular point of view and uttering one sentence, is an “unnecessary provocation?”
I really hope the State Department has better things to do than to do than dignify this “but they are undermining our right to exist!” nonsense.