Source for the Biden on Charlie Rose quote below:
Joseph Biden: "You can argue whether Israel should have dropped people onto that ship or not, but the truth of the matter is, Israel has a right to know—they’re at war with Hamas—has a right to know whether or not arms are being smuggled in. And up to now, Charlie, what’s happened? They’ve said, 'Here you go. You're in the Mediterranean. This ship, if you divert slightly north, you can unload it, and we’ll get the stuff into Gaza.’ So what’s the big deal here? What’s the big deal of insisting it go straight to Gaza? Well, it’s legitimate for Israel to say, 'I don't know what’s on that ship. These guys are dropping eight—3,000 rockets on my people.’"
There is so much to correct, here.
Here are two people on the aid ship that correct a lot of this junk:
Right to know what’s on the ships-
They were checked before leaving Turkey and the Mossad was there. Now, the Mossad could have lied and said there were weapons or maybe Mossad fell down on the job and didn’t look into it. Chances are good that Israel knew exactly what and who were on how many ships.
At least one of the ships Israel contacted and began threatening with force offered voluntarily to have the cargo checked (again) once on shore by the UN or ICRC to satisfy Israeli fears about what was on board. Weapons were not the primary concern- breaking the blockade, whose legality is in question, was the issue.
What’s the big deal with unloading in Israel and having Israel make sure the supplies get to Gaza??
Has Biden been keeping up with events over there? That is the point of the aid flotilla, Free Gaza Movement, Viva Palestina aid convoys, etc! Israel is NOT making sure enough supplies get to Gaza. Various human rights organizations have documented this. THAT is the big deal, Mr. Biden!
Israeli document says blockade is economic warfare, not security measure
Gaza's humanitarian crisis is not a surprise- it's what we wanted
A quote by Dov Weisglass on the Gaza blockade; he's possibly the only one in Israel telling the truth:
He is also the one who told us that "disengagement" from Gaza in 2004 was not so much a gesture of peace, but formaldehyde for the peace process:
"It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians"
Biden also recklessly implies that the ships are Hamas ships!
So far from the truth! They were flying Turkish and American flags, for one. Wow. That makes him look so ignorant. I guess it wouldn’t be the first time…
Biden Defends Israel—to the Max—on 'Charlie Rose' Tonight - June 2, 2010