June 2nd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Is Israel looking to start a war?


European newspapers' front pages are pictured after nine activists were killed when Israeli navy commandos stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, sparking international outrage - plunging Israel into diplomatic crisis. (PHOTO CREDIT: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's no wonder Pres. Obama's hair is turning gray... With the Middle East seemingly on the verge of erupting.

The U.S. continues to stand by Israel, which is coming under tremendous international condemnation for that botched, deadly raid on an aid flotilla headed for Gaza.

Details of the attack on the Turkish ship are still fuzzy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is defending the raid which left nine dead; he says Israel's troops were met by a "vicious mob" and that they were stabbed, clubbed and fired upon.

The ship carried 10,000 tons of aid including wheelchairs, notebook paper and water purification systems.

The leader of the group that organized the flotilla says Israel used excessive force on unarmed civilians.

The U.N. has condemned Israel. Turkey, which is Israel's' top ally in the Muslim world, is calling it a "bloody massacre," and describes Israel's actions as "murder."

The U.S. is walking a fine line here... trying not to anger Israel or the Arab world. Good luck. The White House says it's sorry for the deaths but is not condemning Israel's actions.

Tensions are already running pretty high between the U.S. and Israel, and this will undoubtedly only further complicate peace talks in the Middle East and the push for sanctions against Iran.

And the raid raises questions about Israel's ongoing blockade of Gaza... it insists the blockade is meant to stop Iran from sending weapons to Hamas in Gaza. But critics want the blockade to end now.

Meanwhile this story is far from over - with another ship with humanitarian aid due to arrive in Gaza later this week. Israel says it will stop that one too.

Here’s my question to you: Is Israel looking to start a war?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Sandy writes:
According to the rest of the world, yes. But it does not matter what Israel does, they are crucified. Unfortunately, they made a bad choice to board that ship. We, the United States, need to stand by Israel.

Jason in California writes:
Israel is looking for a war, or at least a conflict to continue to justify their oppression of Palestine. Even if the people on the boats used clubs, knives, etc., Israel boarded their ships COMMANDO-style, from helicopters, people with GUNS and grenades! THIS was the first hostile act. The people on the boats might have defended themselves.

Anthony in New Jersey writes:
Predictably, the vitriolic Arab world and the impotent U.N. joined forces, once again, united against the" Zionists". Even the U.S. has to give lip service to the outrage. Imagine if our country was isolated amongst people bent on our destruction. What would we do if a flotilla floated by giving comfort to our enemies? Only the Atlantic Ocean keeps us from being persecuted every day by these throwbacks. We should not be quick to judge.

Scott in San Diego writes:
No they are not trying to start a war. They are defending themselves as they should. I usually don't agree with Israel as they are very much over the top, but in reality, they have to be. This is a ploy for the Muslims to start war.

Mel in Rancho Mirage, California writes:
Yes Jack, they are. Otherwise how could any one explain their irrational behavior the last few years? They want the Palestinians to leave both Gaza and the West Bank so they can annex it. They even have plans about Lebanon. They want to start David's Kingdom. You are watching Israel use the sympathies of the world for their existence to expand their Zionist Empire. We better wake up and smell the roses or we will find ourselves in a World War.

Tom in Tampa Bay, Florida writes:
How interesting that the United Nations can condemn Israel for this incident even before investigating all the facts, but it cannot condemn North Korea for downing a South Korean vessel even though there is significant and verifiable proof that the vessel was sunk by a North Korean torpedo. Shame.

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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Bill Pontarelli

    Are you kidding? They have been at war constantly. They are all ways looking for an oppurtunity to reach further and wider, knowing US and Russia/China don't care what happens to innocents. We should turn the clock back to 1945 at least. Let Israeli or ethnic jews from anywhere immigrate like we shoould have done. NO middle of the night recognition of the Israeli state like Truman. Take back Palestinian land from Lebanon and Jordan that was stolen. Then begin negotiations for a new government that recognizes freedoms for all people who want to live in those borders.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  2. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    No of course not.If you look at the real facts of the last 10 years it will be clear the they have done thing after thing for peace.They moved ALL the houses out of Gaza and what did they get?More attacks.Syria
    and Iran are supplies of all manor of weapons.Get the real facts and make your own informed opinionj.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  3. John from Alabama

    Jack: I do not think Israel is looking to start a war, but Israel will not stand by while Iran ships tons of weapons to Gaza. Young people die in wars that old men start, and Israel knows the price of war since way before WWII began. Iran should be punished and their oil fields set on fire before they develop a nuclear weapon. Iran is run by the insane leading the radial fringe.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  4. pat in michigan

    I believe the Holicost in their minds gives them the right to start any conflict they so choose and the rules don't apply to them.I also believe that the Arab world would do much better if they decided to learn to live along side Israel.
    Jack,I also believe that ALL nations came into being through war and conflict. Name One nation that was created without conflict.Iran?,China?,Russia?,The United States.
    So,yes, I Do think they are looking to start a war!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  5. martin wolk

    Did you know that Palestinian reporters state that there is plenty of food and medicine inGaza. Israel delivers 100 trucks of ffood and medicine into gaza DAILY
    Why were there , bullet proof vests, gas masks and GUNS on the boat...
    Please don't fall into the trap of the propaganda by IHH and terrorists(MURDERERS)
    If Hamas etc will leave Israel alone there will be peace in that part of the world. Have you been to Israel????

    June 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  6. Matt Hanooti

    Israel got used to behave as an outlaw, because they know that us, the United States, will cover for them. They pushed us for the war in Iraq, and now they are pushing us to fight Iran on behalf of them. It's time we look first and foremost for our national interests . There is no such thing in diplomacy or international relations to have an ally for granted where this ally is getting our unlimited blind support.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  7. Eric - Houston

    Probably just the opposite Jack. While tactics such as blockades may in fact bolster the will of the resistance, Israel's blockade likely prevents missiles and weapons in large scale from entering Gaza. Once the blockade is broken, it is likely that Hamas would then bring in much more munitions than they can smuggle trough any tunnels and start willy-nilly firing them at Israel. Israel would of course respond with significant force, as would any country, and there would again likely be significant loss of life, much of it civilian, and potentially a widening of the conflict. I do not think Israel has much to be proud of in their striving for peace as of late, but I do not think that this blockade running is by any means peaceful either.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Jon

    This is really a silly question. They've been at war since 1948. There are nations and organizations who have repeatedly, openly and consistently declared their intent of wiping Israel off the map. And they keep testing the waters to see if now is the time to do it. Israel has never shown itself to be an aggressive nation except when defending herself. Show me where the peaceful, non-violent, fundamentalist, Muslim countries are. There aren't any because it is a religion that always produces violence. Wake up America!

    Lima, Ohio

    June 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  9. JENNA

    Is Israel looking to start a war?

    When isn't Israel looking to start a war?

    And why should they worry, they have their Big Brother – the USA – to cover their backs.

    Frankly I am sick and tired of Israel.

    There is NO REASON we, the USA, should have their backs.

    They are not a Democracy but a Theocracy.

    They committ GENOCIDE against the Palestinians.

    They refuse to adhere to the United Nations so they should be kicked out.

    They refuse to adhere to the Geneva Convention.

    They commit WAR CRIMES and Crimes Against Humanity.

    They refuse to sign the Non Proliferation Treaty.

    They refuse to allow IAEA Weapons Inspectors (just like it was claimed that Saddam did that we went to war over, remember, except the IAEA had inspectors on the ground not supporting the GW Bush claims of WMD's – but I digress)

    Our nation doesn't need "friends" like Israel

    If Israel wants to fight the world then let them. Just keep the USA out of it!

    Roseville CA

    June 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  10. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    It seems to me that about half of the population of Israel wants peace, and have said they would trade land for peace. It is possible that Ninny -yahoo wants war. He is one of the few world leaders who could bump Dick Cheney right out of maximum security and into the general population of Strawberry Fields.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  11. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Israel is the most belligerent country on the globe. They do everything possible to provoke anyone and everyone. No cease fire or truce or other suspension of hostilities between anyone and Israel has ever held for more than a short time. Israel always breaks the truce by provoking the other party (such as killing children or people rendering humanitarian aid) or if they must, they break it themselves and blame their enemy. They always throw a wrench in the works of any attempt to make peace. Is there any wonder why most of their neighbors want them wiped off the face of the Earth? They even spat in the face of our vice-president. Of course, they want a war, as long as they can get us to pay for it with weapons and financial aid. And they know we will back them up.

    As far as I’m concerned, Israel is 80% of the reason we have the problems we have in that region. If we cut Israel off once and for all and told them they were on their own and that we would not have their backs again until they decide to play nice with their neighbors, the vast majority of our headaches would be over, both financially and with our relationships with the other dessert dwellers.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  12. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,I think Israel is just doing what needs to be done to assure the safety of it's citizens,but if it comes to war,I'm sure they are prepared.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  13. george c paree

    Look they wanted to stop misiles from coming in They made a mistake juct like anyone under pressure/

    June 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  14. Herman Portland, OR

    Israel has the right to keep arms and terrorist out of their country. They also need to keep the terrorist from being supplied by other terrorist groups. I would hope that by standing up and doing whats right the UN and the rest of the world would support them and anyone else that does the right thing. War is not in any hidden agenda for Israel, but protection their people is.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  15. Christine

    I don't think Israel is trying to start the war – I think that Israel's enemies see Obama's weakness and unwillingness to protect friends and allies and they are using this as an excuse to get to Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  16. Al Bledsoe

    The nation Israel is an invention of the U.N. by christian Zionists that misinterpreted the bible. As easy as it was invented it could be destroyed - and should by the U.N. along with destroying the catholic church and other false religious institutions. –Oh, never mind, that's what Revelation 17 and 18 prophesies.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  17. Truly of the Yard

    Terrorist organizations like International Solidarity Movement, which fronted the violent "peace activists", have been murdering Israeli civilians and foreign tourists for decades. Israel isn't trying to start a war; they are getting dragged back in, like Al Pacino in Godfather III.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  18. Kevin of CA

    It doesn't matter that they are trying to start a war or not. What matters is that the U.S. taxpayers should not be paying to protect their greedy arrogant behavior.

    I want to see them come build a wall on the USA/Mexican border like what we have paid to build for them to keep Arabs out of Israel! But the greedy Jew lobbies here won't do that because they are two faced liars, and cheats still making money off of Illegal Immigration into the United States!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm |

    tampa, fl No, but they will finish the next one, just like they did the first time the arab nations attacked them. This time Israel isn't out numbered or out gunned either. The fighting will stop when all of the nations combine to form one Nation, they will call it Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  20. William Joseph Miller

    "A plague on both your houses."
    Shakespeare couldn't have said it better. (Actually these were the dying words of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.)
    Let's appproach the current crisis with Shakespeare in mind.
    Yes, Israel is dying to have us fight Iran, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Parkistan. We've given Israel a blank check, now they are cashing in.
    Lest I sound too anti-Israeli, I get sick and tired of all the boo-hooing over the pooe people Gaza Strip who find nothing wrong with using their city as a missle base. A bunch of Turkish religious fanatics wanted to start an international incident – and they succeeded.

    Israel is not really our friend, it's our co-dependent. The same co-dependent relationship applies for all the so-called friends of the Palestinians. I'd suggest that everyone go back to Psychology 101 to find out what I'm talking about. Codependency is mutually destructive.
    I'll give a shout-out to no drama Obama. His measured response is much more appropriate than the knee-jerk reactions that I am hearing from Congress. It's also much more tactful than the message I'd like to send.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  21. ken, nj

    Israel is always looking to start wars. They bombed iraq, syria and lebanon, now they have decided to take on the whole world by declaring that they own the international waters and they can search any ship they want. It is time for some large country like russia, or china to give them what they want. The solution to this problem is for all the arab countries to stop selling them oil , and the u.s. to stop selling them weapons of mass destruction.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  22. Kevin in Dallas

    They're not looking to start a war. They're looking to systematically eliminate a people.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  23. Bert Oak View, CA

    To me, it looks like the rest of the world is trying to start a war with Israel. Somehow the terrorists and the bad guys who be-head other people have managed to make Israel out to be the bad guy. It's kind of like how the USA gets portrayed in a negative light, when we are the only ones trying to play by any rules. Maybe if we got rid of the rules and just kicked some butt, we'd get more respect.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  24. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Ah, is the Pope Catholic? Does a bear crap in the woods? Geez, Jack, that is dumb question. Do yourself a favor and read Israel's doctrine of "A Clean Break." They want to control all of the Middle East and since they pretty much own the US goverment and it's media, they can do anything they want and get away with it.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  25. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jack Cafferty and CNN friends,

    Israel is NOT looking to start a war,
    because Israel is a member of the United Nations,
    whose stated aim is to achieve WORLD PEACE!

    Jurgen R. Brul

    June 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  26. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    Not exactly. Israel and the neocons are attempting to mousetrap the U. S. into a war with Iran. It's about regime change and it's deja vu all over again.


    June 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  27. Steve in Michigan

    Is Turkey trying to start a war? All the players in this knew darn well this was trouble. Israel has a system in place for legitimate aid to flow to Gaza. Intentionally running a naval blockade is clearly a ploy to provoke Israel. Naval blockades are a long standing way to deal with trouble spots. Anybody running a Naval blockade does so at their own peril. Those who know history know Naval blockades have been used effectively for hundreds, even thousands of years. I feel bad for well meaning individuals who got suckered into this and were injured, lost their lives, or were detained. But, that is what happens when you challenge an openly declared Naval blockade. And, Turkey knows it.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  28. Eugene Myers Flat, CA

    No they are not but Iran, Hamas and Hezbola are. Would we tolerate thousands of rockets being fired at us? Hell no. This is just rampant anti- Semitism.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  29. Chris in Philadelphia

    I don't believe that Israel ever wants to start a war unless they envision an imminent attack. I think they are doing what they always do and try to defend themselves against what they perceive as a threat. The question becomes what tactics are a good idea or what tactics area bad idea. This does not seem to be a good use of tactics. On either side. The videos that I have seen show bad behavior on either side. What a mess.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  30. Harold in Anchorage

    No, they are, as they have always done historically seeking to dominant the region by any means necessary, And, of course, like everyone else they have God on their side.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  31. Steve

    You're not clear. Start a war with who? Israel is surrounded with enemies 360 degrees. It sounds like the press is starting to agitate the issue a little bit. That would make it 361 degrees.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  32. Gassim

    We will never know what Israel wants untill U.S government stop backing them. America government has taken a pro Israel position no matter what happens and Isreal will continue to exploit that for the rest of our life. So don't be suprised if you see another war taking place in the middle-east before the end of this year, but they should realize this time, Americans are too busy with their own problems..
    From Tokyo, Japan

    June 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  33. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    They have been at war in this area of the world for more years than we have been a country. This is not new but maybe it's time to let them duke it out and then we can get on with trying to help those that are left, that is if there are any of us left on the earth. Israel should be the ones that are punished for their act, just as we are for our invasion of Iraq.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  34. Lewis Patterson

    Israel is always looking to start a war ,and what is so strange about it they want us to back them up.I hope not this time. America wake up!

    June 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  35. beenee bruce Canada

    Israel has been thumbing it's nose at the world for YEARS!!...and the good old USA ,when TOLD to jump by the Israeli powers that- be..ask "How high?"..
    ....Israel dictates American foreign policy ...so if Israel wants a war...which they have been chomping at the bit for several years now..the USA will jump in with both feet ..having manufactured that tired excuse of "defending their "most staunch and valued ally "......a DEMOCRACY?????in the middle east...
    ...Shame on America for being the "tool" of Israel ..double shame on Israel for behaving ten times worse than anything the Nazi's "did" to them....is it any wonder Israel is the "most hated country in the world followed by the Grand Old United States......it seems WAR is all that you BOTH love!!...... truly disgusting ......

    June 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  36. Leslie

    It would seem that way. Why I do not know. I will say it again, Israel has been preforming war like actions against the Palestinian people for over four decades now and the western world has not condemned them for anything. They have condemned all Palestinians because a portion of them do not acknowledge Israel. They attacked a Turkish flagged ship without any regard to the sovereign rights of that country. I could see if it were a Iranian or Syrian ship. Israel could have boarded that ship without firing a shot if they wanted to. If that ship was on a humanitarian mission. Then what they did is nothing short of murder. Israel only needed to go aboard that ship in the day light and search the ship. There is more to this story than they are willing to tell the public which has been their M O for a while.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  37. amit krishna

    This event took place in International waters and is therefore an act of Piracy. The total disregard for human life reflects an attitude present.
    From David Hotel to present has been nothing but trouble and this latest incident highlights that.

    Illegal occupations, illegal homes, illegal walls, illegal blockades, piracy in international waters, use of white phosphorus on civilians, ownership of weapons of mass destruction. We have more evidence on them than we ever had on Saddam.

    No doubt Israel will continue to ignore UN Resolutions and by the Israel is already in war for half century.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  38. Ken New Baltimore

    I don't think they are that stupid. Just look at the video's of them boarding that ship and the ambush they walked into. They have every right to protect their borders and are taking steps to do that. Not like Obamaland where he says "Welcome, come to our table for free everything. Oh, and that includes you terrorists."

    If they get into a war, I feel that nuclear weapons will be brought out... good-bye Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon, and probably a few will go errant and end up in Iran.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  39. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    Israel is in an ongoing state of civil war with most of its neighbors, as well as an ongoing civil war over the occupited territories. You can't start a war when you are already in one, Jack.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Maria

    I don't think they want a war w/us...but I think they'd love a war w/ Turkey and others in Mid-East. They are a bunch of power-crazy morons hwo think the US will back whatever they do militarily. Maybe we will.



    June 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  41. Matt

    The obvious answer is "no". Israel has a right to inspect ships that are entering their waters. If these ships were just carrying humantarian aid than why attack the commandos who boarded to inspect the ships? If they would let the commandos do their jobs no one would have got killed. These people were also warned not to enter Israel's waters. Israel must be on constant alert and must maintain high security at all times due to Muslims. I don't understand why the Muslim world is upset at Israel for approx. 10 people being killed due to the IDF Commandos defending each other. The Muslims seem to have no regard for human life and continue to target civilians all over the world. Israel is not a muslim country (neither is the USA) and they do not want them there. Israel should not back down when this next ship tries to enter their waters. Maybe, our country could learn a little from the Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  42. Richard Green

    I don't think Israel is looking to start a war; although piracy and murder in international waters is a good way to start one. I think that because the U.S. has 2010 elections just months away and because most U.S. politicians receive much of their campaign funds from pro-Israel organizations, they believe they can do whatever inhumane, illegal thing they want and the US won't do squat. The U.S. will give billions to whatever country is upset by this to make them go away before November. Israel may even ask for and get more "defensive" aid from us. Pathetic.

    San Clemente, Cal.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  43. David Alexandria VA

    Probably not - the US and other allies are too strapped to come to their aid if they needed it. But, Israel is definately telling the world that they are willing to go to wear if need be. Somehow, people seem incredulous about Arizona passing tougher laws because of a few hundred thousand illegal trespassers. Why would it be surprisiong that Israel takes some decisive action because of a few thousand missiles coming from Palestine overe the years and no hope of peace.

    Something about the term "fed up" which seems to rings true here.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  44. Clara Bernal

    Israel is not looking for a war. Israel is looking for sympathy, they are used to be the good boys.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  45. Marlene

    Yes, the "Hawks" in Israel will end up this course of action with Israel at war. The US should do everything it can to prevent this and the people of Israel need to understand their leaders actions have consequences.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  46. Mark, Berwyn PA

    Yes. It's good for their economy and while the rest of the world is preoccupied with other issues; the Korean problem, the Aphgan War (aka Vietnam II), worldwide economic meltdown, the Oil Spill; Israel can have at it. Don't they do this all the time?

    June 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  47. Carl

    I truly think they are trying to start a war. If thats thier bad intentions, we, the United States needs to keep our noisey nose out of it and let them defend there own actions. It's time that we mind our own business and stop trying to be the police of the world. Lets start considering the Legal American citizen for a change, and stop trying to be so damn politicially correct and just do whats right for our country and our legal people.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  48. Nati

    Dear Jack
    Israel is in a state of war since it was established in 1948. a war that was always forced upon us, Hamas and its links all over the world including Turkey vows to destroy Israel and kill Jews everywhere on the globe, same chants were heard upon boarding the Flotilla in Turkey, where was the Turkish government and the world then? where were they when Israel request the ships not be sent to avoid confrontation, where is the world now when the pictures of soldiers being beaten by so called Peace activists are all over the media, and where is the United states that if called to the same scenario would have acted the same in a good day! lives lost are tragic and no one wants war, but before shooting condemnations all over the place why won't we all take a step backwards and thing, would all that happen if the Turkish government halt the Flotilla? who was looking for a confrontation there?

    June 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  49. Greg

    Israel is looking to play the victim yet again, so long they can claim international prejudice they have a justification for ignoring UN mandates and international law. Israel has played the victim card to a tee for many years now, prodding and provoking enough response from the Palestinian refugees and those who support them to ensure a violent backlash, then use the backlash to justify continuing a confrontational policy.
    The very worst thing that could happen for Israel politically would be peace – without the constant threat, there is no justification for the military and financial support Israel receives from the US. Israel as it currently exists can only survive in a perpetual state of war – peace would be fatal.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  50. Jim


    It is not in Israel's best interest to start a war. But, unlike the United States, they cannot afford to absorb a first strike and then retaliate. Their very survival may depend on their being proactive in defending themselves. If the result is war, I'm sure they'll be ready.

    Reno, Nevada

    June 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  51. Dan G from Ohio

    Their actions sure seem to indicate this. And the one fear I have is we will get sucked into the mess they start.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  52. bud rupert

    It looks like it's the other way around Jack. The Turks seem to be bating Israel – provoking them to do something that will justify some repsonse against them.

    They know that the Israelis are stopping and boarding ships to prevent weapons from entering the strip. So what do they do: get a bunch of fanatics armed with hatchets and pipes to attack them with.

    It's justifibale killings acting in self defense.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  53. Allen L Wenger

    No, it is just that their policies make it impossible for them to negociate a peace agreement with their neighbors. Their policies have fueled distrust and resentment for 40 years, maybe it's time to try something different. Nobody knows if a less confrontational approach will work, but everyone knows that the current policy will keep Israel in a constant state of war for another 40 years. If they want peace, they need to change their policies.

    Mountain Home ID

    June 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  54. James Lyle

    I'd say................yes they are but then that is not new, they, in my mind, have been attempting to start wars for about 10+ years. I think they just got so used to fighting wars that now it's like second-nature. I also believe that "war" has ment "money making" in their minds. I just wished they stop fighting all the time.

    Washington, DC.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  55. Wei Wu

    No, I think Israel is not looking to start a war but I am really puzzled why did they send the commando to the ship with humanitarian aides?

    It is clear to me Israel was acting like a bully in this case. Could they search the ship peacefully for illegal items instead when the ship arrives?

    June 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  56. Randy Willen

    Wouldn't be surprised if they wanted to. Israel has crushed the Palestinians, invaded Lebanon (1983), occupied Lebanon, bombed Lebanon in recent years (killing over a thousand Lebanese), blockaded Gaza, then bombed Gaza in 2009 killing around 1400 Palestinians (hasn't let much supplies in since then, let alone letting them rebuild. Former President Carter said that Gazans were being treated like animals). All this to cover up the original injustice to carve up a territory, where the majority of the pouplation (about 2/3) in 1948 did not want the Palestinian territory divided.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  57. BILL

    Israel isnt trying to start a war, they are trying to stop Iran and other from starting one.

    However, if it comes, Israel will wipe out any nation that comes against them. The Bible says that England and America will turn their backs on Israel, and she will be left with God's help, which is more than enough to win.

    Recently America and England have demonstrated a bully attitude towards Israel, and both of those nations are due to fail.

    America hasnt won a war since W W II, and they won't win in Afghanistan either, and Canada should get the heck out and leave America's mess to America.

    The USA has shown they know how to lose a war in Vietnam, and it will happen again.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  58. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Yes, probably with the Palestinians again, at least they have a chance to win.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  59. Tim

    Start a war? No, sadly I don't think that's the case. More likely, this is just "more of the same". Israel has flouted international law for decades. As long as they are always safe and secure under the protection of a USA security council veto, they'll continue to act like the like the spolied, abberant and sociopathic children frequently seen on day-time talk-shows. Meanwhile, their medical researchers calculate the exact caloric intake to keep someone alive, and then allow only that much into Gaza. They won't even allow basic building materials to be brought in, for fear that those refugees might someday go beyond the stone age. A war is a conflict waged with relatively equal fire-power, and that's the last thing in the world the israelis want. What they're aiming for is a slaughter, and as long as they can keep relying on the USA to provide them with free money, weapons and protection, that's exactly what they'll get.


    June 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  60. B D

    I see all our politicians telling us how justified Israel was boarding that ship. Anyone remember our unarmed Navy ship the USS Liberty?. I guess they think that was justified also. another cover up.? The 34 brave men that died. M/Sgt USMC Retired

    June 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  61. B D

    San Diego Cal. anyone remember the USS liberty. They are very good at attacks on unarmed ships.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  62. Steven Foyer

    Recent actions by Israel do not help their case. Britain just expelled an Israeli diplomat for the Dubai assassination (British passports were used by the hit team). Israeli police/military killed 3 Palestinian youths a few months ago. The Goldstone report shows Israel committed war crimes in Gaza where they killed around 1400 Palestinians. Gaza is still under blockade. Israel routinely demolishes Palestinian housing in Arab East Jerusalem, evicts Palestinians and builds housing complexes there. It denies water supplies to Arabs in the Negev desert.
    All this in the name of self-defense....
    Steven, Los Angeles

    June 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  63. bud rupert

    It looks like it's the other way around Jack. The Turks seem to be bating Israel – provoking them to do something that will justify some repsonse against them.

    They know that the Israelis are stopping and boarding ships to prevent weapons from entering the strip. So what do they do: get a bunch of fanatics armed with hatchets and pipes to attack them with.

    It's justifiable killings – acting in self defense.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  64. Stuart Groten

    No, Isreal is not trying to start a war. They are defending their right to secure their borders against interfering individuals who do not give a damn about the soveignity of the nation. The invaders aboard the ships were told not to attempt to run the blockade. They ignored the direction and, when the Isreal troops boarded the ship, the terrorists attacked. Isreal was just defending itself. The death of the terroists was brought about by their own actions. If they had followed the direction from Isreal and docked at the port in Isreal none of this would have happened.

    Camarillo, CA

    June 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  65. RickFromDetroit

    Israel, the leader of the Jewish World and backed by the US who has one of the largest Jewish Populations on the planet has been starting wars in an effort to conquer the world since the holocaust ended in Europe 50 years ago.

    Isreal's Middle East policies have been in violation of UN Resolutions and Policies for years, but they are constantly blaming everyone else for the crimes they commit, and they would like to possess all of the land that is occupied by the different Arab groups who border their Country.

    If the US Government does not comply with the Jews demands, then more than likely the financial sector of our Country will be used to "persuade" our Elected Officials to "do things their [Jews] way, and many of our Government Agencies that are run by the Jews will issue fraudulent reports that support Israel.

    In short, our support of Israel is a "pack of lies.'

    June 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  66. john in santa maria

    Israel has detected a weakness in their enemies and has taken advantage of the situation.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  67. Maria

    No, if they were trying to start a war, there would be 700 dead, not 10. Let's get some perspective here people. Where's the outrage over NK sinking SK ships? 10 dead vs 40+ dead. Debateable tactics vs blatant act of war. The UN's more upset with this incident than the Sudan! This should tell us all we need to know. Enough's enough with the silly leftist ideology.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  68. Frank

    Hi Jack,

    Only with the help of the Americans and Brits. Being part of the lost tribe accordingly from a religious point of view they have to support Israel. If we say anything, about anything negative we are anti jewish and will not be published. Remember they are the chosen people and can do anything they wish including murder in international waters.


    June 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  69. oz

    Probably. a war would be a good excuse for Israel to drop some more 500lb bombs on apartment buildings again. I think though it is clear that Israel does not care about justice or fair play and is completely indifferent to the loss of life of anyone who is not Israeli.

    What Israel really wants is to make life in Gaza and the west bank so terrible that they push the Palestinians into other Arab countries and get to take all of the land for free. It is as if a predator with no natural enemy to balance him as been introduced into the ecosystem. At this point Israel is more brutal and despicable than South Africa was at its worst.

    I can not believe that Americans and our government continue to support such arrogance.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  70. ben stockton, calif

    JACK, it sure looks like it. these 2 nations have been at each others throats for quite some tie now , eventually it wiil come down to a war. there will be no winners in either country and the civilians will suffer the mostly . there is plenty of blame on both sides. the

    June 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  71. Walt

    They are undefeated since 1948. Pretty good record.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  72. Tom in Texas

    Probably, and the U.S. , they think , always will " have their backs". Since we already have two wars going and may have to deal with that N. Korea vs. S. Korea thingy, Israel might have just miscalculated America's willingness to play Big Brother.Let's hope so.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  73. David Grad

    Absolutely not. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that wants to live in peace within secure borders. Israel mourns the loss of every life unlike others that celebrate the deaths of their enemies in the streets to great fanfare. Israel and Egypt warned against this effort to enter Gaza. Why is Israel being labeled as the instigator or inviting war?

    Why does the world believe it is acceptable for foreign vessels to cross into sovereign waters and country of Israel without the consent of Israel. No other country in the world would permit it. Why is Israel denied the same rights?

    June 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  74. gary boyle

    I do not know what israel's motives would be to board a ship in international waters. But it would be called piracey if any other then israel had done so the blockade eaquals aparthied and in my opion israel has such an influence on the political pacts (money) in our country no politician would dare speak out against israel no matter what attrocities they may commit,not tomention the media influense they have. Israel and there oppresion of the palestines is why we are so hated by arabs as we support them with arms and money they use to kill there brothers an sisters in slave conditions. we didn't condone africa for aparthied but israel can and more.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  75. ben stockton, calif

    why do we still give billions to israel when our nation is very much in debt.we could insure our people with those funds. no good will come if there is a war and innocent people as usual will suffer. let them expend their miltary weapons until one side or another wins, then maybe , maybe there will be peace . i doubt it because the ingrained hatred is prevelant on both sides.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  76. Simon/Orlando

    They have neighbors that want to wipe them off the face of the earth. They have a right to prevent this from happening. They are more than justified in searching the ships for weapons and terrorists. It's a matter of their survival.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  77. Semo Rantamaki

    Israel thinks it is above International law. Israel does not let basic supplies into Gaza. While fishermen can't even use their coastal waters to fish without being attacked by the Israeli Navy. The Israeli Navy is not worried about a Gazan Naval force, because the people in Gaza don't have a Navy or Air force.. They don't have control of their air space or their coastal waters. The only power station they had was bombed..
    When you usurp somebody else's land, war is always around the corner..

    June 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  78. Markel Houston

    What the Israelis have done is no different from what the US should do to protect our sovereign nation. It might not be politically correct, but it is a prudent defensive move.

    Are the Palestinians, Hamas and Hezbollah trying to start a war when they attack Israel?

    I feel that Israel has the right to defend themselves from unwarranted attacks by enforcing their blockade. The blockade is no secret and the Israeli government has stated that they would allow humanitarian relief, as long as the ships are unloaded at specified, Israeli controlled ports. The activists are wrong to provoke Israeli troops in the manner they have chosen.

    I am not Jewish but I fully support the Israelis in their efforts to defend themselves from hostile forces. I think the US government could probably learn much from the Israelis when it comes to homeland security. As much as it pains me to paraphrase Sarah Palin, "It is easier to ask forgiveness than to obtain permission."

    June 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  79. Mark

    Well, no body else has the guts to put these Arab Radicals in their place. I guess Israel will have to step up and do it for us. They seem to be the only country in the free world that will stand up to a bully. Obama is too busy running around "apologizing" for America's existence.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  80. Minesh - Troy, MI

    What a question! Israel is clearly defending itself from all the terrorist nations around it.


    June 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  81. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Israel is definitely behaving like the bully on the block. If this blockade is still to stand then why not have UN people check any vessel delivering aid to Gaza? Until a peaceful solution(?) or rather amicable one to both sides can be generated, inspection by an objective third party may be the answer. If Israel casues any problems with this next shipment then for certain they are asking for war. Turkey is their main alley in the Muslim world. They just visited Iran. Any provocation by Israelies is an open invitation for the Muslim world to unite and fireworks will fly.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  82. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    It sure looks like they are trying to start a war. I can understand them wanting to stop arms from reaching the Gaza strip. I just think they could've found a more peaceful way of accomplishing their mission. It seems all that they have accomplished was to gain support for the terrorist, put United States in a tight spot and ruin their relationship with Turkey. If I was President Obama at this time I would have to be wandering what the hell I got myself into.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  83. Richard Texas

    I think what is actually happening Jack is that Iran is preparing to start a war with Israel by poking a stick at Hezbollah who is instigating these attacks. This has worked before when Iran wanted to distract attention away from their Nuclear plans and seems to be working again while the world is threatening sanctions. The last time it caused a 33 day war in 2006.
    Iran is very good at sub diffuse when the world starts focusing on them and that in my opinion is exactly what is happening now. Iran made very dangerous ammunition available to insurgents in Iraq wounding and killing many U.S. troops and allies yet it went unchecked. This was a direct threat and attack on America. Now Iran is urging Syria and Hezbollah into a war against Israel. Both the United States and it's ally Israel are stretched thin on troops and equipment and it is the perfect time for Iran to promote such a war. Iran and it's nuclear ambitions will go unchecked and will continue while the other countries battle over a war Iran started. The only winner will be Iran.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  84. Michael Gordon

    The right wing is Israel are so misguided in wanting war. I will be a tragedy for the whole world.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  85. John, Lake Charles, LA

    Why is the United States government so in love with a country that has a population of only 7.5 million people? Why don't we just move them all to a couple of thousand acres in Utah and let them build their own city. Then and only then will there be peace in the Middle East.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  86. RIPScottBaio


    Not really sure what a "flotilla" is, but from what I've seen of the land out there in the Middle East I cannot understand ANYBODY starting a war over it. That would be like me starting a feud with my next door neighbor over a trash can between our properties. For my money BOTH Israel and Palestine seem way to eager to foist their little squabbles on the rest of the planet, which is a shame, since no one cares about either Israel or Palestine.

    Keep up the good work,

    Rich in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    June 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  87. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    Israel should be looking to start a war. But not with its Palestinian neighbors. It is a downright dirty shame how Israel treats the Palestinians of the west bank. Gaza could be a coup for diplomacy if humanitarianism were Israel's goal instead of incitement. The war Israel should mount is against Iran and only Iran. The longer it delays the worse it will be for all the world. The Iranian people would welcome the freedom offered by such a war. A new and strong sectarian government supported by key members of their clergy would be quickly set up to fill any vacuum and peace, real peace will reign over the Middle East for thousands of years.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  88. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York


    Let's put this in perspective. Suppose that Al Queda, dedicated to the destruction of the United States, had a settlement on the South Lawn of the White House.

    The Obama Administration currently allowed in all inspected humanitarian aid, but asked to check incoming packages originating from the Taliban and was turned down. How would we react ?

    Israel is surrounded by over 100 million Arabs, who , except for Jordan and Egypt, remain dedicated to their destruction, have never recognized their right to exist, and have turned down US-brokered peace proposals creating a Palestinian homeland and essentially dividing Jerusalem in half, yet Israel is somehow always defined as the aggressor.
    Enough already !

    June 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  89. Joe G. (Illinois)

    When you step into the ring with the devil, there are no rules. But.. But.. But who is right and who is wrong? What a bid dilemma some would say. But two wrongs don’t make one right. And if you want what is fair and what is right your best hope is and has always been to fallow Jesus Christ. In the end of days there will be two categories of people.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  90. Allan Hanson Placerville,Ca

    NO they are only doing what they do best. Thumb their noses at the rest of the world, knowing that they will not be punished no matter what they do. They are responsible for most of our international problems. Will we ever learn, and take our country back from Israel?

    June 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  91. Stan Engleton

    Bush said Democracies do not start wars, right ? So Israel wouldn't start one ? But wait....
    Israeli supporters say that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East ? Really ? And what kind of democracy is Israel ? Can any Non-Jewish person emigrate to Israel and become a citizen ? No. Jewish people from thousands of miles away can emigrate there, but not any Non-Jewish person from a few miles away in the West Bank.
    US supporters who cringe at statements stating that US is a Christian nation, has no problem with Israel's artificial and forced imposition of a Jewish democracy, even if the demographics did not allow it. Israel discriminates its Arab inhabitants on housing, land, military service etc.
    So, Israel may start one... since its not really a democracy for all its people...
    Stan, San Franciso

    June 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  92. BILL, WI

    Hamas is looking to start a war. The Turkish relief agency behind the Gaza Aid Flotilla is a financial backer of Hamas. And since the UN and EU will not allow nuetral ships to set up a blockade of Gaza to stem the flow of weapons and fighters into Gaza, Israel took up the responsibility.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  93. Chris

    Jack, I think Israel is doing things to keep their country safe. Israel always needs to have a defensive posture. Their country is always under attack.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  94. sam

    Wrong Question.!st more aid is allowed weekly into Gaza by Israel on land, then on these ships. 2nd Is not a blockade a legitimate method of dealing with a combatant?,These 2 countries are at war.When offered a safe method to deliver their cargo the flotilla rejected it. The question to ask is :
    Are the real sponsors of this flotilla seeking public attention to justify their initiating a war ,in the Levant>

    June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  95. Pete

    Israel seems bent on repressing the palestinians to gain ground in the area. I doubt if a war would start, but outside support to Israel will probably diminish as time goes on.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  96. Conor in Chicago

    Israel isn't looking to start a war. However, Israel is looking to create "Greater Israel" which means there are a whole lot of arabs that have to find somewhere else to go. This of course has already led to many wars. The next one will be far greater and involve the entire world.

    The Arabs have a saying: "No justice, no peace". So long as they don't see justice in this situation there will be war.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  97. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Yes. Their claim that those on the flotilla initiated the violence on the Israeli troops is laughable. How DARE they defend themselves against armed soldiers dropping onto their flotilla in international waters-that's Israel's excuse as to why they opened fire and killed 9 people. Israel is doing everything they can to instigate a war, hoping the U.S. will help them, invoking Iran, al Qaeda, and anything else they can throw against the wall. They went too far this time.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  98. Janice From Delaware

    What was your first clue Jack?
    I can understand both sides of the story because I have Israeli friends living near Gaza and I have Christian friends who reside inside Gaza. There is a deep need in Gaza for the things that were being carried on those ships. It is inhumane for the young and elderly in Gaza to suffer as they do. Israel has got to learn to trust SOMEBODY and Turkey was their friend. Friends are hard to come by in that region. The person who ordered that raid should be fired and tried in court.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  99. KDS Irvine, CA

    After decades of putting up with other countries wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, can you really blame them Jack? There standing up for themselves which is a good thing. But as Israel's ally, they are expecting us to support them. Even if that means going to war.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  100. JOE CE

    Probably not, nothing to gain. The people trying to run the blockade deliberatly incited the bloodshed. Isreal was not smart enough to avoid it. Isreal has got to become more adept at avoiding killing. The international community could solve the boat problem by getting the shippers to agree to an Isreali search and supervising the search.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  101. Tina Tx

    They are like the USA and do not need a reason to start wars.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  102. Meg from Troy

    We know that there are nine dead bodies on the Flotilla side. Where is the evidence of the beaten up soldiers? I haven't seen any evidence of that. Israel is out of control–they've got a radical at the head of their government and it shows. The US at least needs to call for some evidence of what really happened–and help to hold the guilty party accountable. Ridiculous!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  103. riley oday

    Israel is trying to protect its country. Rockets are launched from Gaza whenever they ease restrictions. The United States would not allow our neighbor countries to do this.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  104. Travis

    I don't know Jack, but I think the best thing we can do is get our hands and our nose out of all that business. I for one think that this country would be better off without all these foreign entanglements and alliances.

    San Diego

    June 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  105. Jay

    No, not a war – just going to hurt their 'enemies' as much as possible, and possibly more 'land grab' without losing their financila and military support from the West.

    If they will not remove their blockade maybe the UN and the US should drop some of the blockades made on their behalf and reduce some of the financial and military support provided, that enables them to be 'the bully of the region', with very little consequences.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  106. Raul

    I don't think Israel is looking to start a war. It would not make any sense to do that. Israel simply miscalculated on their response to the activists. Another ship is on its way to try and break the Gaza blockade. I don't think Israel will make the same mistake twice.

    I don't condone violence on any side of this issue. What should be done is a comprehensive peace plan that will give the Palestinians their state and give Israel their security.

    There's enough to be outraged on both sides. My question is haven't you guys had enough? Aren't you tired of fighting? The only people that win in confrontations are the arms dealers. Make peace and watch your bright futures unfold.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  107. Karl

    Israel needs to start wars in order to reassert their dominance in the region. With the Gaza siege now over a year in the past...Israel needs to show the Muslim world that they are the only military power and that nobody, not even Trukey, a member of Nato can challenge them. It will be interesting to see how the West reacts to what happens next. Will NATO back Turkey if Israel attacks the next aid ship? Will Iran get involved? The Middle East is a region that is volatile enough, a massacre of aid workers and peace activists could be the catalyst to a major regional war.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  108. Phil-Eastern WA

    Kinda looks that way, doesn't it. And if the warhawk Netanyahu has his way, this will become a reality...a reality equating to World War III...with the U.S. becoming directly involved. It's too bad our country can't (or won't) join in the international protest of this recent massacre. Instead the annual $2 billion in aid (including weapons) to Israel continues while the Palestinians die a slow death...a slow death compliments of American-made weapons.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  109. John Rezak

    Which country in the Middle East has WMD and has started wars with many of its neighbors ?
    Israel. All in the name of self defense. It has been creating new facts on the ground by wars, settlements, blockades, forced relocations and killings of Palestinians.
    Israel has been creating refugees since its takeover of British mandated Palestine. Like the refugees in Lebanon, Syria and other places who have deeds to their houses in Israel, but can never go back. CNN interviewed a few of them some time ago... Israel keeps talking about who lived there 2,000 or more years ago and tries to dig up artifacts. Who lived there until recently (say for the recent 1000 years) ? No, they start the demographic history 2000 years ago. Erase the demographic history, say from 1000 AD to 1945. Then start after that. Talk about revisionist history..
    Now, it talks about attacking Iran. Israel charges that the President of Iran said this and that. But, hey, you been doing all that yourself...

    June 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  110. adem, oakland califiornia

    Natnayehu, the prime minister, has been looking for every possible way to start war, not Israel. He and his collogue, liberman, have ruled out any peace talks with Palestinians. Unfortunately, it is no doing good to America other than exasperating Obama’s temper.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  111. Layne Alleman

    Dear Jack, Why not? Israel, unlike the U.S., has absolutely nothing to loose by starting(or continuing) wars against its neighbors. Israel is a military state, meaning they live by, and survive by their military, so they use it for everything(starting to see an analogy?). We stand by them for their continuing support of our military contractors. Simple stuff, really. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  112. Jeff in Houston

    Not really Jack. they are reacting like spoiled children that have not gotten the attention they feel they are due. They know fool well that no matter what they do, no matter how unspeakble their behavior, they will be defended by the United States and its Bible thumpers. There will be no peace in the middle east until the United states wakes up to its own role in this mess and figures out that Israel is not the fifty-first state.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  113. Greg Cox of Bremerton, WA

    Aren't they always? You know, Jack, Israel has received more than $100 BILLION dollars in US aid since 1948 when they declared themselves to be "an independent state". They have been "dependent" on first Germany for reparations, France for arms, money and arms from the US. Israel. Look into their history of unilateral skirmishes, retaliations and even attacking the USS Liberty for gos sakes. When do we stop feeding them? We certainly aren't required to feel sympathy for them any longer. It's been more than 50 years of aid from 'US' and others. If we have no influence on their actions that are harmful to 'US' then we should pull the plug completely on their aid. Yes, it's time they were completely "independent".

    June 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  114. Bob D Iowa

    Jack, Is Israel looking to start a war? They have been for more years than Israel has been a nation. Just look at their history over the last 3,500 years. Kill Kill Kill and they feel they have the right too. They have been dragging the US around by the nose since WWII. I am not on the side of anyone’s interest but ours and we have to condemn these actions and any like them. Or does money talk louder than humanity.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  115. Rick in Atlanta

    Our President should work on something he can fix. Both parties want the other guy's land. Twice leaderless Palestine has been offered its country and it preferred Israel gone instead. Israel, which exists as a result of conquest, settles in conquered land that is morally not theirs.

    This war's been on for over 3000 years. Peace? Never gonna happen until attitudes change, which means it's never gonna happen.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  116. Steven in Santa Monica

    Israel doesn't want peace with the Palestinians, right now Israel has total control over them, it builds illegal settlements in their territory and keeps them in abject poverty, using their labor at slave wages. Israel wants to keep their boot on the throat of the Palestinians indefinitely, and every time we move towards peace, Israel perpetrates another massacre, completely derailing the process, the world cries out for justice, and America stops any attempt to punish the Israelis for their illegal acts, and Israel gets a few more years of its preferred state of affairs, i.e. brutal occupation.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  117. Tim

    Israel has considered itself at war since 1947. That's when the UN split up arab land, which was under UK control at the time, then gave half to the Jews and half to the Palestinians. Arabs are still upset that their land was given to the Jews, and that the world supported the creation of the Israeli Government, but didn't support a Palestinian Government. So yes, Arabs have every right to be upset! Israel should defend itself, but it should not try to dominate over the Palestinians. Any blockade should be a UN blockade, not an Israeli blockade. The U.S. should condemn Israel for their war like attitude, then we should support the creation of a stronger Palestinian Government.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  118. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, Israel is following the conservative game plan, do what you wish and to hell with everyone else. Reagan started it, W. brought it to it's ultimate heights and the United Kingdom and Israel have patterned their governments on it. Netanyahu is backing of the pro-Israeli block and the lunatic right here in this country to keep President Obama from making any waves. If that means war, then so be it.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  119. Gail, Plano TX

    Yep! It would seem so, Jack. Israel has gotten way too big for its' britches. It is time for them to grow up and stop the senseless violence. Unfortunately, Israel thinks they are the chosen ones. Bolstering this belief, the U.S. has not done them any favors. Time to cut the cord!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  120. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    This is ridiculous. israel has the absolute right to protect itself. If this was the US and Cuba during hte Cuban missle crisis and a Russian ship tried to bypass the blockade, you can bet Americans would have a real problem with that. Israeli's live with a daily threat of eradication from every one of their neighbors. US citiznes don't have to deal with occassional errant rockets being lobbed at them, neighbors developing nuclear weapons and smuggling arms to Hezbollah and Hamas. Also, people seeking to give "humanitarian" aid do not attack a crew with pipes and knives and beat them within an inch of death. the crew brought this all on themselves and while the unnecessary loss of life is tragic. It does not deserve an apology. They hit back and hit back hard. For them it is a fact of life that they have to react decisively, otherwise they are only inviting more attacks.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  121. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Bebe Netanyahu has a lot of gall justifying the deaths of nine people from his act of war and piracy on the high seas by claiming that it was "not the love boat". Ancient Israel rebelled against Roman occupation in the same way modern Palestinians are rebelling against Israeli occupation. History has a certain way of repeating itself.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  122. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, No, I believe Israel is doing what it has always done, trying to protect its people from the terrorists of Hamas located in Gaza. If there is ever going to be peace in that region, the PA in Gaza must kick the Hamas terrorists out of Gaza and make it stick. As long as Gaza is the launching site of rockets and mortars aimed at Israeli citizens, Israel will fight. The people that started the attacks on the boat are the ones responsible for the deaths, and the Iraeli military acted to protect themselves. Bravo for them!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  123. Kathie

    Israel is behaving like a pirate. There is no excuse for their efforts to start a war–no one wins a war. Politicians make war and send the military to fight the war. Israel reminds me of Bush leading our country into the war in Iraq which was started with lies and deceit.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  124. JaneE

    Israel and the Palestinians have been at war since 1948. War has been the normal condition in the area for 6 or 7 thousand years. Nothing short of complete extinction on both sides will change that. I expect Israelis and Palestinians to keep killing each other regularly. War is just a word for when the really big guns and missiles are used.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  125. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    Israel is not looking to start a war but she is looking for security. Israel is blockading Gaza to keep the missiles from Hammas just like JFK blockaded Cuba to keep the Soviet missiles out. Anyone seeking to run the blockade does so at their peril.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  126. ken from connecticut

    No! Israel is trying to stop one!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  127. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    I think Israel is looking to end a war, preferably with our clever devices and blood. It's the way we do things the last 40 – 50 years, bleed our brightest, healthiest young folks (the "future") for the sake of some other country, not ours. But hey ! that's aglobal thing...we got troubles right here in River City.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  128. Victor G. Hughes

    Rather anti Semitic and infantile Jack !!
    BTW the Israelis aren't the nation involved in TWO wars [which they can't afford !!!] in one of the most volatile areas on earth !!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  129. Mel Bakuy - Rancho Mirage, California

    Yes Jack, they are. Otherwise how could any one explain their irrational behaviour the last few years. They want the Palestinians to leave both Gaza and the West Bank so they can annex it. They even have plans about Lebanon. They want to start David's Kingdom. You are watching Israel use the sympathies of the world for their existence to expand their Zionist Empire. We better wake up and smell the roses or we will find ourselves in a World War.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  130. Stanley

    There are two sides to a coin. What is the story from the folks in the attacked ship? I think we are focusing on one side of the story-Isreal attacking and killing nine humanitarian workers on an aid delivery mission. If the Israelis were provoked, then self defense will be understandable, however not to the extent of taking the lives of nine people without assault weapons. On the other hand, if they were not proveoked, then Israel should be ashamed of this carlous and in-human act. It is never necessary to use deadly force on anyone who is not armed.

    LIttle Rock, AR

    June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  131. Ed from MD

    Not necessarily, if Israel wanted to start a war why not sink the boats. The flotilla was warned they wouldn't be allowed to pass. It should have been no surprise when they weren't. It could be whoever organized the Flotilla may be trying to start a war or gain political advantage over Isreal. Could be the pope for all I know.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  132. Kevin , FL

    Jack, lets face it.......World and Mid East Peace are a fairytale. Wars and Wars in that Region have been fought for 2000 years. What we need to be doing is backing whoever is in OUR corner. Our enemies ......let fate befall them , while we fix OUR OWN Country

    June 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  133. Vincenza Pantano

    Israel is not looking to start a war because it knows that it is the spoiled child that can get away with murder. As long as there are no consequences imposed upon them by the USA or the international community, Israel will continue to do as it pleases. After all, if it can kill 1300+ Palestinians in Gaza and over 1000+ Lebanese during their illegal invasions of these lands, then killing 9 innocent civilians isn't going to cause a stir. Israel is probably the only country in the world that can break international laws and not pay the price. Does anyone believe there is a double standard when it comes to other Middle Eastern countries that break international laws.? It's time we start evaluating this long standing relationship with a country that denies Palestinians their basic human rights and continues to instigate havoc in the region.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  134. Dee

    I don't know. I haven't yet figured out what the big deal over Gaza is! I think they are all acting like a binch of kids!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  135. Gigi Oregon

    The United Nations needs to step in on this one. America will be damned if they do and damned if they don't.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  136. fernando

    I think Israel just opened a "Can of Worms" with the the world by being in international waters. If this was a military threat to Israel it must be proven!

    Nando. Jacksonville, FL

    June 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  137. luis from jersey

    dear jack i hope that you and your staff truly understand what israel has gone threw in the past 100 years they have been persecuted killed hated murdered and totally left on the curb to die.But guess what they are stronger than ever even being surrounder by enemys who i dont have to name.Jack we must be aware that in ww2 millions of jewish people were killed and thousands of american souls lost their lives in the war that was to save israels people .Jack what has nations like saudi arabia or turkey provide us did we send thousands of troops into turkey or syria because they were being killed in mass murders no .We must stand with israel and Mr obama needs to cut ties with iran and syria thinking that talking will soften their hearts no i dont think so.Have you een the new axis of evil turkey brazil and iran how nice,let israel defend itself and we need to boom boom boom iran...

    June 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  138. Gary H. Boyd

    I wouldn't say they're trying to start a war because if they wanted to do so they'd strike so hard and fast the other guy wouldn't know what hit him. The Israleas may be outnumbered but they are clearly better armed and trained and they are certainly not stupid. That's not something that can be said about their potential opponents.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  139. Kevin , FL

    As for the U.N. , of course theyre mad, they are mostly led by Islamic Nations . Why do you think they want America disarmed , but yet take NO ACTION against Irans Nuke Program? Perhaps Israel acts a bit rough sometimes, but remember these Hamas characters will blow up a building full of Children , then when someone retaliates , point the finger and play Martyr. See the Truth Protect America and who stands for OUR interest.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  140. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    Israel is like a professional poker player. There is no accurate way to assess their true intentions.
    America is like the high-roller sucker who joins the poker game and winds up getting fleeced.
    If Obama gets America involved in this possible mideast war, or in any Korean war that flares up, he will earn the booby prize as the biggest blunderer of them all, surpassing even the incredible idiocy of George W. Bush. Another war will bankrupt America, assuming that Iraq and Afghanistan have not already done the trick.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  141. steve- virginia beach

    No, Jack. Firing thousands of rockets into a foriegn country each year for many years is looking to start a war. Demanding to inspect shipments entering the country that's firing the rockets is trying to peacefully stop or prevent a war. I question the motives of anyone who pretends to be unable to grasp these simple concepts. And our President who is unwilling to articulate them.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  142. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, the raid was botched from the beginning. Rather than rapelling down on ropes, they should have come alongside like the U.S. Coast Guard does routinely off the coast. At the first sign of trouble, THEN meet force with force. While Israel does have a right to exist, they do not have the right to enforce who can sail in international waters, even if it is close to their territorial waters! The "Palestinians" in this incident deserve most of the blame here, with their use of clubs, knives, and whatever else in response to Israeli soldiers merely boarding the ship. Hopefully both sides will have learned from this encounter, and learned how to make PEACE and not WAR!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  143. J A Cooper

    A blockade is an act of war. What Israel is doing to the people of Gaza is immoral and the US should condemn Israel's actions and end all support until they stop.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  144. Mr D

    Like Ronald Reagan use to say: "Here you go again." Once again Israel does what it wants, and in a way that isn't always pretty. The world will posture, fuss, and fume and things will stay the same. Eventually it will be a "in defense of Israel" moment that could turn the middle east into a battle ground, possibly affecting the entire world. Israel is not looking for a war, but then again, I don't think they are looking that hard for peace.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  145. Christina

    No, the Muslin world is. When nine people died it was a tragic event. However thousands of Muslins demonstrated outraged and indignant against Israel. I have not seen demonstrations and outrage when suiside bombers set off explotions in trains, markets places, police stations killing indiscriminately. Where is the condemnation of Egypt for its blockade of Gaza. We in America seem to have forgotten 9-11. We also forgot the demonstration by the Palastinians in support of Osama Bin Ladin and the destruction he caused on 9-11. Finally it is foolish and dangerous to think Israel will let itself be destroyed. Will we?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  146. Christie F. Sherman Oaks, CA

    The flotilla entered a territory subject to Israel's maritime blockade against Gaza and should have expected trouble.

    On the other hand, Israel's blockade is perceived by many to be punishment for Gaza's election of Hamas and has caused inhumane shortages of medicine, power outages and even unnecessary deaths in Gaza, not to mention their Gaza's 40% unemployment rate.

    I do not think Israel wants a war, but I think it's a safe bet to say that, if Israel knew it could not take U.S. support for granted, Israel would be behave very differently.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  147. Conor in Chicago

    Israel may not be looking for a war but you can rest assured that she will fight to the last American for her own survival. That's something all of you need to think about before you make statements of support.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  148. Paul Austin, Texas

    I hate to say it Jack but I do think so. The reason beinig that they do not want any more attention given to them as a nuclear power. They know they are and frankly do not think any of us have a need or the knowledge to know. It is the old blow smoke till nobody can see anything game. It is clear they do not want peace but only control over the peoples of Gaza. I think it is has come time to send Clinton to tell them if they continue on this course we will step aside.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  149. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    September 11, 2001 we became a people who live our lives in fear, a life as victims. We have sold many of our liberties, our virtues, and sometimes our morality in search of peace.

    The Israelis have lived in fear for thousands of years, they live as victims. The have sold many of their liberties, their virtues, and sometimes their morality in search of peace.

    The irony is neither us nor Israel will ever find peace as long as we build the walls of us and them, and sacrifice who we are really meant to be. Our absolute ideologies and poisonous pedagogy instinctively will always lead us to find someone to make war against as this absoluteness can never allow human compassion and love for neither us nor them.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  150. Jim in Alabama

    Israel's "thumb your nose at the rest of the world" mentality has done NOTHING to ease tensions in the middle east. Their stubborn attitude toward expanding t heir settlements into Palestinian territory is making p eace impossible. The U.S. would do well to quit coddling them and alnenating the entire Arab world. An example is dealing with Iran. Iran represents a far worse threat to Israel than to the U.S. and they should be the ones to take Iran on and eliminate the nuclear sites and leave us out of it. If we take up for them or assist them, then we are cutting our throats with the Arab world again. We never seem to learn. The Jewish lobby in Washington is determining foriegn policy where Israel is concerned and putting the rest of us in jeapordy.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  151. Annie, Atlanta

    No more than Palestinians trying to start a war when they elected Hamas, I would imagine. The same Hamas who’s stated purpose is to destroy Israel. What Israel did outwardly appears shocking, but this is unusually careless for them. I’m trying not to rush to judgment.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  152. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Israel is always looking to start a war it's time the United States imposes a weapons embargo on them there getting to cocky and there trying to drag us into a war with them what they did was piracy among attacking another country I think all the ships going to the Gaza should be armed with military forces .

    June 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  153. Linda in Arizona

    No more than usual. What do you expect?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  154. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I don't know if Israel is looking to start a war, but by their actions they sure aren't doing anything to avert war. The only country Israel cares about is Israel, so this might be the perfect opportunity for the U.S. to just stand back and get out of the way.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  155. Ralph Spyer

    Russia lost twenty million citizens in World War 2, China lost over twenty million of it people in World War 2 we all took a hit. If you are honest about Israel you are called antisemite. It all about control if Israel made Gaza one big jail. Turkey can see the hand writing on the wall the Jewish state is a sinking ship', The Egyptain brotherhood will take over their country one day and the party will be over.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  156. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Israel isn't , or doesn't , seem to be satisfied unless it is in war or some kind of conflict

    June 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  157. sandy

    According to the rest of the world,YES. But, it does not matter what Israel does, they are crucified. Unfortunately, they made a bad choice to board that ship. we, the United States needs to stand by Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  158. Claire, Melbourne FL

    It sure is looking for a war – they have to keep us interested. It's time we cut the money and weapons to Israel...they have been terrorists for years under the pretex of self preservation. It's time we end this nonsense once and for all.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  159. Anthony from Jersey

    As is obvious by the new tape Israel provided, their soldiers were furiously attacked with metal pipes while repelling down from helicopters to enforce a blockade the provocateurs knew would escalate into a diplomatic imbroglio. The special forces were armed with weapons using paint balls to deter the protesters. Fearing for their lives, the soldiers had to resort to lethal means.
    As long as Israel exists, these pernicous mosquitoes will continue to torment the lone true democracy in the Middle East.
    Predictably, the vitriolic Arab world and the impotent UN joined forces,once again, united against the" Zionists". Even the US has to give lip service to the outrage.
    Imagine if our country was isolated amongst people bent on our destruction. What would we do if a flotilla floated by giving comfort to our enemies?
    Only the Atlantic Ocean keeps us from being persecuted every day by these throwbacks. We should not be quick to judge.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  160. Thomas F Barton

    Start a war?

    Israel has been butchering Palestinians since 1948.

    Ho hum.

    Same old same old.


    June 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  161. Scott in San diego

    No they are not trying to start a war. They are defending themselves as they should. I usually dont agree with Israel as they are very much over the top, but in reality, they have to be.
    This is a ploy for the muslims to start war.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  162. Carlos Elizalde

    I think that israel is trying to start a war, Israel should not, beacuse tensions in the Middle east will grow, and we could be facing a war that will kill thousands, if not even millions.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  163. Howie

    The Israeli soldiers had every right to inspect the cargo on the ship and to defend themselves from unprovoked attack. Turkey's muslim government is using this incident as an excuse to distance itself from Israel. Howie

    June 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  164. Kevin , FL

    Heres a SHOCKER..........We have to talk tough to Israel , but yet we have to Tolerate mean little "Pests" like that evil man in North Korea. When are we going to get back to being a Great Nation for OUR people, and squashing the daylights out of Evil Regimes that threaten Freedom, Democracy, and Civilian Interest? Or is the World now backwards .................Terrorists are now our friends, and allies now our Enemies?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  165. baldeagle

    Israel has said they will stop any ship. These people must be wanting a war.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  166. Ed from Mass

    If Israel gets in a war the United States must keep out of it.

    We already have enough problems in the world, let Israel defend itself.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  167. Laurie

    Yes Jack I believe they are .

    June 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  168. PSPS

    Yes, Israel is wanting to start an all out war & as usual, the USA will let Israel get away with whatever Israel wants.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  169. Jason S

    Israel is looking for a war, or at least a conflict to continue to justify their oppression of Palestine. Even -if- the people on the boats used clubs, knives, etc. Israel boarded their ships COMMANDO style, from helicopters, people with GUNS and grenades ! THIS was the first hostile act. The people on the boats might have defended themselves. But for Israel to claim self-defence is ridiculous. Anyone can check Amnesty International, or the UN reports on Palestine and see how horribly those people are living, and dying.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  170. Naz

    Come on Jack, Israel is always right no matter what. In 2009 they killed nearly 3500 people and demolished thousands of homes and not a word was said against them by USA, why would nine more deaths matter.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  171. Naota

    8 weeks ago – Muslims killed 500 Christians in Nigeria, including chopping the hands and feet off of a 4 day old baby.

    Where is the outrage over that ? Where's the reporting?

    You know what – my mistake.

    Reporting the Nigerian massacre doesn't demonize Jews – so of course it wouldn't be reported.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  172. Tom-Erik Pedersen

    How interesting that the United Nations can condemn Israel for this incident even before investigating all the facts, but it cannot condemn North Korea for downing a South Korean vessel even though there is significant and verifiable proof that the vessel was sunk by a North Korean torpedo. Shame.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  173. Amanda Walton

    This is such a difficult situation to take sides on, either side leaders take will cause equal tension. Is Israel trying to start a war? No, I can't see why they would but their fear of being targeted is certainly cause for continual concern just as the States are very vigilant about another attack but whether they are trying to start a war really isn't the question anymore the question is has this incident a cause of war?

    Talk care Jack, always enjoy your questions making us think think think ..:)

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  174. Cliffird

    People seem to want to ignore the video that we have. The 'humanitarians' beat the soldiers with clubs and pipes. They didn't talk to the soldiers peacefully, they didn't submit to inspection, they didn't do anything humanitarians would do. Instead they provoked violence by beating soldiers that were there to inspect the cargo. Five out of 6 ships were allowed through.......makes you wonder what the 6th ship did.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  175. buck rutledge

    Israel under Netanyahu is as dangerous for regional stability as Ahmadinejad in Iran. Israel was wrong to conduct the raid in international waters and the US was wrong not to vote for the UN investigation.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  176. Pablo

    Israel has been looking to start a war since its inception, it was founded on the displacement of a whole population, on the deaths of thousands of natives, and has kept its track record.

    this is just another notch on its heavily scratched belt.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  177. Pete from Ohio

    Jack, I am confused. Is the truth not in the video? Look at how we reacted when the twin towers were attacked. How do you think we would act if we were surrounded by countries who wanted to destroy us? We should stand with Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  178. Dylan Banwell

    Well its no surprise the strongest country in the world is looking for trouble. If the USA could just step up and stop this madness it would calm the middle east and especially calm Iran. and also will cause less tension between them two!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  179. Bill Szakacs

    Israel has no right, none what so ever to attack unarmed ships on iternational waters. Yes, israel is interested to draw us all into a war.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  180. Stephanie P.

    Of course Israel is looking to start a war – and the US will undoubtedly back them in anything they do, no matter how inhumane. The Judeo-Christian hold on America is ridiculous. People here will support such insanity, thinking it's the bogus Bible stories coming true. Just wait and see.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  181. Richard

    No. Turkey is the one who is seeking to start another
    war. This is the same Turkey which refused to allow
    our troops access to Iraq prior to the Second Gulf War.
    It is the same Turkey which has tried recently to climb into bed
    with Iran.

    We need to keep our eye on what they are up to; which is no good.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  182. Marc W


    I disagree that Israel wants to start a war. It has however been involved in a war since 1948. Iran wants Israel gone, and so does the rest of the Muslim world. Israeli's will not go down without a fight. I am ready to join their military as a U.S. born Jewish male to fight this battle! American's that are against what Israel did, either do not understand the situation Israel has been put in, or are simply racist Christian folks.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  183. Joe Cascio

    Can someone please explain to me why we are such good friends with Israel? I dont get it – we give them $3 billion a year and we just keep getting our reputation tarnished by always defending their outrageous actions. Im truly at a loss for why we are constantly told we have a "special relationship" – I can see it being special to them – but why to us?

    Also it seems the leadership of the Israeli govt is a mess – if their Prime Minister was not so extremely conservative- maybe we could work as an honest broker for peace but there is partner on the Israeli side- we need to cause a regime change in Israel for the good of stability in the region!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  184. AmVet

    Yes. The nation has adopted a "bunker" mentality and turned its back on common decency. The U.S. should condemn Israel in the strongest possible terms and should withdraw our foreign aid to Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  185. Don Evans

    It's about time we got out of bed with Israel. I hope our president will have the audacity for good!!!! Israel has become the aggressors!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  186. Pauly G

    If the U.S. Coast Guard stopped ships in international waters off the coast of Cuba for inspection and were assulted. The same thing would have happen.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  187. Braad

    Israel might not want to start a war, but it's policies toward its neighbors and toward the Palestinians are offensive enough to provoke one, and Israel doesn't seem to be interested or politically able to turn these policies around and find a long-term solution to the conflict.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  188. Susan Cunningham

    Israel is the only country in the world that can get away with imprisoning millions of people because of their religious and ethnic identity. The US is complicit in this travesty against a population that did nothing more than survive on land the Jews wanted after WW II.

    The longer this injustice continues the less good will Americans and people in other countries will have for Jews everywhere. If this is how Jews behaved centuries ago, it is no wonder they were despised everywhere they lived.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  189. James in Idaho

    Jack, if it looks like a duck, quack's liek a duck, and you've got duck crap all over your shoe, it's either a duck or China is going to be looking into buying such accurate cloning technology real soon.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  190. Melony

    Oh defenitly, us as Americans have been giving Israel a free ride. Israel wants ultimate destruction in the world.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  191. Al yesiller

    We are shocked at this situation the Turkish flotilla was In international waters the protesters had every right to protect them selves. This a. Crime against humanity I as an American citizen do not want to lose or sour our relationship with turkey they fought side by side with us I. Korea and many other conflicts . Israel is about to start world war 3 with the treatment of the Palestinian people. Al yesiller long island ny

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  192. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Israel is seeking to replace the U.S. as the #1 World Power just like a few other countries. They haven't expended their resources economically or spread their military too thin and it's important that we support and maintain good relationships with Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  193. Sly, Alpena, Michigan

    I believe that they are. How could the government of Israel say that they were defending themselves by attacking that humanitarian aid boat if they were clearly the aggressor? I think that the government of Israel is starting to, or have been acting like the Nazi Party of the Hitler days. Shame on the government of Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  194. David A Whitaker

    Jack yes I think they're trying to start a war those shipe could have been stop during the day. They wouldn't of have the confrotataon like they did, what do they expect when you ambush a ship in the middle of the night. Most of those people didn't really know what were going on.The problem over there with Israel and Gaza will cause major problems all over the world.


    June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  195. Terry

    They are not looking to start a war, they are looking to hopefully keep more arms and weapons from getting in to Gaza that would be used against them by radicals. All the protesters going there are mostly from other countries and should mind their own business and not unknowingly assist shipment of these possible weapons. The food and medical aide can be separated and delivered to Gaza. The US could learn a lot about fighting a war and preventing terrorism from the Israelis! If this was happening off of US shores and there was possibly arms going to some radical group, what would their response be??

    June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  196. Ronald Arizona

    Israel exists in a constant state of war and has for years. they constantly fight for survival against hostile groups and nations there not going to stop living because of a bunch of cry babies dont like how they do things. They will never give up there land to anyone no matter what if that means war then so be it.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  197. Judy in Arizona

    Israel isn't starting a war, they are fighting back in the war the Arabs started in 1948 at the urgings of Amin al-Husseini the pro-Nazi Muslim religious leader in Jerusalem. Why is Israel the ONLY country in the world not allowed to defend itself? There are ony 20 million Jews in the world. What are you all afraid of? If you had protected Jews in the 1930's instead of handing them over to Hitler, you wouldn't have an Israel to vilify!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  198. Bill Povse

    They have the right to stop and search the ships to see if any weapons are being brought in. We threatened to do the same thing back in the 60's with Cuba.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  199. Rampy


    I don't think Israel is looking to start a war on purpose, but they are darn certain to start one with their stubbornness. Of that there is no longer any doubt in my mind. If and when they do, I think it's time for the United States to leave them alone and let them fend for themselves. We have enough of our own problems to worry about here at home and around the world, without an angry obstinate child to defend in the middle east. Most of those actually problems stem from us defending Israel to begin with.

    Good Bye and Good Luck!


    June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  200. Forsetti

    No. It was bait. But they took it.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  201. MALI

    OHH so finnaly someone started thinking like me.. But the WAR is ongoin for god knw hw many years.Its just been labelled a war on terrorirsm.. World clearly knws what Israel is doing but are all so SHUT UP..Its only when Ahmedinajaad calls for Israeli destruction ..everyone points fingers at him..C.mon show some respect for the people of Palestine..at least on humanitarian grounds.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  202. Andrew, Wake Forest, NC

    Israel trying to start a war would be a bad move, and they should know it. Even if they had total support from Turkey, and the US, they have a remarkable vulnerable position in the middle east for war to be on their to do list. Whatever their intentions of the flotilla raid were, i think we can chalk this up to bad intelligence and poor planning, rather than dangerous ambitions.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  203. Shane Simpson

    I think if the U.S. wasn't scared of offending the Jewish population and stand up against the occupation and blockades, as the rest of the world does, Isreal would already be in a war. The U.S. close relationship with Isreal has protected Isreal from larger attacks from other countries in and outside of the region. Because the U.S. is on Isreal's side – I don't necessarily believe they are trying to start a war, but they aren't doing much to avoid one.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  204. Robbert Spad

    Israel has a RIGHT to defend itself by boarding approaching ships. These ships were informed ahead of time and the organization aboard these ships were informed way in advance. It was an set up by Hamas (terrorists) to attack the Israeli boarding party. We saw with our own eyes the violence against the Israeli commandos. I could care less about the ten dead terrorist sympathizers. If they would have truly wanted to bring aid to the Palestinians, they would not have attacked the boarding party.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  205. Debbie

    Is Israel looking to 'start' a war.... there is already a war... they are just picking up tha pace. Like when the bully pushes the kid to get him to throw the first punch. I think they just want Hamas to throw the 'first punch' so that they can justify a military response.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  206. Roger

    The little brother can mess with anyone they want. When they have a big brother that can kick anyones butt that does not like it.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  207. cornel

    No they are not looking for war, they are at war. They are looking for a bail-out Goldman style.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  208. Dan

    No, they are defending themselves. No country would sit back and constantly be attacked with out doing what is necessary to stop the attacks.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  209. Dan

    Israel would love to start a war and drag the U. S. in to it. Israel is a Theocratic fascist state and will not rest until all out war against the Arab World is started.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  210. Isaac

    With all due respect the population of Gaza is held hostage by the Terrorist Hamas Government that is chose arming themselves to the teeth rather than take care of their people. Israel defending itself from unsupervised shipments into Gaza is an act of self defense. I remind you that Egypt has closed its border with Gaza as well. Stop being so naive to this ridicules PR campaign. EU leaders are weak and will say whatever they need to survive. What they really believe is that Israel is the only country with a backbone that stand-up for itself while their countries are overwhelmed by extreem muslims. Israel played to the hands of these terrorists in the boat. They should just disable to boat and turn around.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  211. Setu

    Doesn't anyone think of getting along with each other these days or is it just that pure aggressiveness is setting in every being in this modern age. Live and let live and stop taking humanity to self destruction, for which the countdown has already begun.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  212. Adrian Ponce from Watsonville, CA

    Israel is getting itself into a huge predicament. If they are just trying to do something for their own benefit, well the entire Muslim world is going to fall upon them and no one is going to be there to assist Israel, not even the U.S.
    All I can say is, good luck Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  213. jetz

    If they are wise they better not start a war . although they have anti missiles , if even one iranian missile hits isreal you know what a negative impact that would have on the isreali people . no i dont think they would start a war .

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  214. Jeff, AZ

    I dont see how trying to keep their citizens safe is construed as starting a war, if these ships were in fact carrying humanitarian items then they should have had no problem with letting Israeli forces checking said cargo. This is what we did with Cuba and for very good reason, we couldnt allow deadly weapons so close to home and that was ninety miles off the coast of Florida, Gaza is within Israel itself. If we in the US had a city like Philadelphia under control of a group whose sole mission is to murder you and your family, would you have any problem with it?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  215. Don W in SC

    Start a war? How about prevent the slaughter of Israeli citizens? These ships were going to supply Hamas, an organization sworn to wife Isreal off the face of the planet. These ships may have only humanitatian aid but you can be sure if the blockade is lifted the next ship will have rockets instead of wheelchairs.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  216. Lou Levine

    Would the United States allow six ships to approach our country – not knowing what or who were aboard?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  217. Joe from Florida

    Israel thinks it can do whatever it wants to do because it gets billions of dollars of our tax-payer money in addition to undying support. It's high time that we stop funding their thirst for aggression and blood. It treats it's allies as bad as it's enemies.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  218. skip spielberg

    Why is cnn not able to look at the facts . The video clearly show's the attack on the Israel soldiers being attacked by people on the so called peace ship.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  219. David

    No, they're looking to defend themselves.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  220. Roger in Houston


    Israel will push the envelope because this is an election year in America. Israel knows that both the Republicans and the Democrats want the Jewish vote in November and are afraid of the Israeli lobby. It will be a bumpy ride until then. Things will settle down a bit in 2011, until they really ratchet up in 2012 when we have a presidential election.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  221. Paul Lawson

    Haven't you even been paying attention Jack? Israel has been at war for the last six decades-they have to fight the terrorists to survive. Put aside your left wing liberal bias and realize that terrorism and terrorists are BAD!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  222. TJS

    Turkey is trying to start a war, not Israel. Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran are already at war with Israel. Turkey also aided Iran directly just a few days ago with the phony uranium reprocessing deal.

    There was trouble on only 1 of 6 Genocide Flotilla ships. The videos clearly show the people on that boat attacking the Israelis with clubs; Israelis were also stabbed.

    Obama has generated this dangerous situation by siding against Israel, changing the terms of "Peace Process" talks to impose new conditions on Israel. Obama is trying to appease genocidal maniacs. Appeasement never works, it only feeds the crocodile.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  223. Debra

    Jack, please don't add to the chorus of critics of Israel. Here are the facts:
    1. The activists refused Israel's offer to unload the humanitarian aid at a port so that the Israelis could bring it to the Gazans. A true humanitarian mission would have accepted any offer to get the aid to those in need.
    2. The IDF was met with clubs, knives and guns as soon as the soldiers rappelled onto the lead boat. Video proves it.
    3. The U.S. and other countries will stop ships in international waters if those countries believe that the boats may do harm to them. Why can't Israel be allowed the same opportunity for self-defense?
    4. The "activists" have strong ties to al-Qaeda. To call them "humanitarians" is ridiculous.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  224. bwaltuch

    Is it possible any sane person in this world does not understand that Israel is never looking for war, but only to survive in peace? How can any one ever be believed?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  225. ronvan

    Wether right or wrong, Israel will always take action if THEY think it is OK, and could care less about the rest of us. I would have a heart attack if the U. S. did anything other than talk. WE have been in bed with Isreal far to long. And YES, if this turns into another war I would bet we will have to participate!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  226. Bill

    Is Israel looking to start a war?

    Is Turkey being played by Hamas?

    Is Hamas trying to start a war?

    Hamas is playing everyone to destroy Israel.

    Wait till the full investigation comes from the U.N. before you make your discussions. Then condemn where condemnation is deserved

    June 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  227. assia ninio

    Cafferty, I think your comments are bias and lack any historical background.
    Why you are not looking in the Turkish history, their atrocities against the curds and the agains the Armenian people.
    You are pure antisemit, and racist.!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  228. AMRO


    ...I think we have all lost sight as to what has really happened. Are we all forgetting that this incident occurred in international waters? Based on my understanding of international waters, i understand it to mean they should have been afforded some sort of sovereignty. What gives Israel the right to patrol and board ships international waters. In this case here they have behaved no differently than the pirates off the Somali Coast.

    One other thing, how can anyone call this an act of Israeli "self defense" as Israel probably boarded this ship Illegally by rappelling from a helicopter commando style? Israel is out of control!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  229. Farhan Anwar

    The question shouldn't be is "Israel looking starting a war" since the war has been going on since Israel came into existence. Israel has a right to exist however it doesnt have the right to commit humanitarian abuse. Both sides are committing such abuses, we were used to one side of the story for the longest time, however now since the filters have been taken off since the advent of the internet, control of content delivery is much harder now. The arab world along with greater muslim world should look to ways to resolve this war once and for all. For starters perhaps the two state solution should be abandoned and Israel should finally let all the refugees come home, be more democratic and have the participation of all it citizens not who Israel chooses to "declare" as citizens.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  230. laura ont

    Is Israel looking to start a war?. Does a bear crap in the woods.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  231. Turkish American

    The fact remains that 9 Turkish civilians are killed in international waters by another country's military. How would the US respond if the same thing happened to US civilians? Israel should have acted more carefully, especially towards a Turkish ship. Turks have a very different temperament and will respond if attacked by commandos dropping onto their ships as many Americans would as well. Furthermore, Israel should have realized that when dealing with Turkey and Turks, they are not dealing with their enemy but an old friend. I am worried this will no longer be true.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  232. Carlos Elizalde Humble, tx

    I think that israel is trying to star a war, of if it is not, it could get one with its attitude toward the middle east

    June 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  233. Greg

    Video footage of Israelis with paintball guns in hand being club down repeatedly by large numbers of ship goers says a lot. Can we see that footage CNN?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  234. Tim Blanchard

    I think we should do what Isreal always does. We should do what is best for us. We have the worst situation EVER going on right here in THIS country and we should concentrate ALL of our resources to the gulf and gulf coast. Once again my beautiful and beloved Louisiana is being treated by the rest of the country like a red-headed step-child. Maybe when the oil reaches the Florida beaches people will start demanding action.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  235. Donna G

    I don't think they are looking for a war, but they will most likely get one. They have been getting away with so much for so long that they feel they can do whatever they want and we will back them. Since when do we back bullies! They have not been letting much of anything through to Gaza. Gaza needs 7,000 tons of concrete a week to help rebuild the damage from the last war and Israel only gives them 10 tons to say they are doing something. Why has no one spoken about the UN run childrens summer camp that was burnt to the ground? How does childrens toys, concrete, fig trees and medicine help Hamas? We are suppose to help the little guy who is being abused. Why are we backing Israel who is holding Gaza as a large prison with the Israelis as the guards. We're on the wrong side! I'm a 2nd generation Polack with no ties to the Middle East, but despises bullies.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  236. Tim in Texas

    All I can say is I am glad that we have a President who thinks before he speaks. I can not imagine anybody else who could deal with all of the issues occurring right now in a well- thought through manner.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  237. Dianne

    I just listen to Netanyahou and Gergen. So after Turkey has been friends with Israel for 60 years, the world is to beleive Turkey is working on behalf of Iran? There goes the news from the US with CNN leading with Gergen that Turkey is working with Iran, against Israel to justify Israel's attack in international waters. The news from the U S working overtime for a spin in favor of Israel. CNN where is your interview with a Turkish official as well as Netanyahou speaking? Where is the unbias reporting?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  238. Jim - Michigan

    Israel is simply a country that says what it means, is more concerned with protecting their people then bowing to political correctness – a breath of fresh air. Let's face it, this administration would rather sacrifice American lives then face criticism. We have been lucky so far, law enforcement, intelligence and the military have been able to protect us despite threats of prosecution if our enemies so demand. Our luck will not hold out forever though.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  239. John

    If any country should know what it's like to be displaced and have their homes taken away it should be Isreal after ww2 and the Nazi experience.It sems to me they are doing they same thing in Gaza,how come their navy couldn't go on board the flotilla and search and look for weapons.If they found any then they could have taken the ships to a neutral port to have them investigated and the world would have known what the Palistinians were up to if anything.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  240. John in NY

    Israel is trying to defend themselves. The other countries are trying to start a war.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  241. Keith - Twinsburg, Ohio

    Start a war??? Where have you been Jack??

    They've been at war since 1948.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  242. carp;e

    Hey Jack, everybody seems to be afraid to ask the "elephant in the room" question. How many barrelsl of oil are down there and are yet to come up. Surely BP wouldn't go to all the trouble to drill a well if there weren't at least over a million barrels.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  243. Shirley

    Jack, follow this scenario! Israel stops a ship, says that there are weapons from Iran on the ship. Israel goes off and attacks Iran and your grandchildren will be fighting forever. Do they want to start a war? One could have been caused when they killed a man in Dubai and one might be started after nine humanitarians are killed. When does this lawlessness stop? When Turkey declares jihad against the US and Israel, pretty soon we won't have any friends!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  244. George Del Monte

    Jack, you ask if Israel is trying to start a war, but you don't show the videos of the people aboard one ship hitting the Israeli commandos with what were said to be pipes; you also do not report that one commando may have brain injuries; that another was shot. I can believe you're on the side of the not-so-peaceful people aboard one of the boats of the flotilla. The flotilla knew very well but chose to ignore that Israel's rules for self-preservation is that they MUST inspect every shipment headed for Gaza BEFORE it is allowed in. Also, if you had bothered to check, there is no shortage of humanitarian supplies for the Gaza residents. One last shot: In case you're not aware or don't want to know, Hamas runs Gaza.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  245. derek

    I don't think Israel is looking to start a war but it certainly isn't looking to co-exist peacefully either. They enjoy the umbrella that the United States provide but show little respect for the efforts; look at the creation of new settlements in Palestinian territory, the government knew it was wrong but did nothing to stop or pull out of the area.

    What's with the Republicans rushing to their defense before knowing the facts? Claiming they are our biggest, most treasured ally in the region. What has Israel done for us? They can't contribute in humanitarian efforts in the region, they can't fight in Iraq or Afghanistan, they can't even help in negotiating peace efforts ... with allies like that ...

    June 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  246. Craig

    It seems from the comments issued by Israeli officials that they are not trying to start a way, though their actions seem to be provoking such reactions wether they want it or not. The truth is that decades of unconditional support from the U.S. has left Israel with the beliefe that they can, essentially, commit any act and get away with it. On the UK's Channel 4 Mark Regev was interviewed by Jon Snow, who displayed journalistic prowess rarely seen in the U.S. (especially when interviewing Israeli representatives); Jon Snow mentioned the vow by the Turkey that the next flotilla would be escorted by a Turkish guard, Mark Regev's response was to laugh it off and repetedly ask Jon Snow "are you serious? is that a serious question?" Jon Snow's reply was to state "yes, this is a very serious matter." Regev's response seems to sum up the entirity of what Israel is trying to do, act how ever it wants to regardless of international law with the belief that the U.S. will support and protect no matter what. Should Turkey send the escort as they promise we shall see how far Israel is willing to push it's already strained relationship with the U.S. by choosing whether or not to confront the Turkish Navy intent on simply protecting Turkish flagged ships and Turkish citizens. Israel may not be trying to start a war, but they are definitely not trying to prevent it.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  247. Erik in Alexandria

    There is a solution to this mess – "Shalom Habibi".

    June 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  248. Ruthie in Kansas

    Yes, they are looking to start a war. BUT, we will have to fight it, they won't. Just notice how whenever we get close to actually resolving or starting to resolve this terrible situation, Israel pulls something like this. Now our soldiers will have to pay for Israel's posturing. We will never get out of the middle east. They are all using us as punching bags. Cut Israel loose. Let them finance their own wars.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  249. MICHAEL J.

    Jack Isreal only wants the same consideration by the UN that North Korea has receivied. After killing 40 on a south Korean ship.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  250. John

    Since 1948, the arab world has had a vendetta to wipe Israel off the map. As long as this mentality exists, Israel has the need to protect herself from contraband coming in on ships. If peaceful coexistance was the primary goal on both sides, the world would be a better place for all.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  251. James in Idaho

    @Skip... if I enter your home without permission and uninvited will you calmly sit down and let me take over? No.

    One thing peopel are forgetting is that in international waters, the captain is king. I would liek to get the captains from Deadliest catch on to see what their reaction would be to being borded in international waters by Russian Paratroopers.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  252. Ralpher

    Sometimes you see a silly column; this is one. Israel has had one objective since its birth – to be left alone. When you are a tiny state surrounded by massive countries whose stated purpose is to drive you into the sea, perhaps you act, with vigor, to defend yourself. Its that simple.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  253. Dabsy from Wichita Ks.

    The world is long over due for third world war.You will never appease the Islamic extremists,just like Hitler would never be appeased.
    Let them start the war,the world is over populated,after the the war if the earth survived,people would migrate to under populated places and illegal immigrants in the US will relocate to new countries.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  254. Naomi

    Not necessarily, however, Israel, like the Muslim world see weakness in the Obama administration's constant flip flopping,especially having Emanuel and Axelrod so close to Obama. Even a former "community organizer," needs to on occasion show more support for one person, group, ( nation) over another, and supports the oppressed over the oppressor. Therefore, let's not get distracted by the symptoms and address the core issue – which is Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank and collective punishment and illegal blockade of Gaza.
    Perhaps we all need to remember the famous ships that carried Jewish refugees to Palestine during the 1940's to break the British blockade, it was the moral thing to do then, and the Freedom Gaza Flotilla is the thing to do now.
    (a devout Zionist)

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  255. Maria

    Why is Israel so afraid to see the palestinians develop and advance as a people? Is it because their opportunity to illegally confiscate land, accumulate wealth in terms of US dollars, and utilize water in the west bank (that is not theirs) would disappear? What exactly is our tie to Israel? Obama is putting the american people in danger. One either stands for human rights or doesn't. It's not a matter of opinion. Israel has no right to exist if they don't allow the Palestinians to exist. It's that simple. Shame on the President for not condemning Israel, and breaking all ties. Their control on our country is only as strong as our ignorance. Wake up america!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  256. yves

    Israel is not looking for war :they already are at war.It is appaling how their propaganda has been receiving such a welcome in the U.S.A., and for such a long time.it took CNN and others hours before reporting their crime.Everytime someone dies in israel it is the result of terrorism (by the way the state of israel was started using terrorism against citizens, very well documented) and anytime a 12y old is killed in the occupied territories it is a regrettable accident...Israel is not a democracy,they use apartheid.they have nuclear bombs (ask the scientist who created the technology and spent part of his life in jail for speaking about it).they are a very dangerous nation.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  257. Oswaldo

    Your question is as (or more) provocative than the "aid" flotilla (as you like to call it).

    Israel is not to start a war, just to defend and protect itself.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  258. Dave Mobley

    I'm not sure? But seems they could have been wise enough to advert a sitiution like this. They should have known the world would look at this as provoking a war. LAKELAND FL.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  259. wade in Virginia

    Israel is only protecting what belongs to them and what was promised to them by the Great "I AM" of the Old Testament. In other words the Almighty God. Read Genesis chapter 12 and verses 1-3. For the sake of America we had better defend and stand by Israel at all costs. The promise of Almighty God is "I will bless them that bless thee(Israel), and curse him that curseth thee." If we want the blessings of God to continue on America we best stand by Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  260. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    The problem with Israel is Netanyahu. His most recent actions – defying the US by continuing to build Jewish settlements, and defending the flotilla attack (which equates to terrorism against civilians) – aren't helping Israel's relations with the US or their other allies. It's starting to put Israel in the same category as the rest of the Middle East, attack now and ask questions later...or apologize as the case may be. It's beginning to look like the only difference between them is that Israel is a Jewish state and most of the rest of the Middle East is Muslim. And by the way, Jack, I'm Jewish. It hurts to see Israel starting to sink to the level of its supposed enemies, and I dread to see what effect it will have on our relationship with Israel and the rest of the world.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  261. Logan9773

    I hope they are.

    Its all been going on far too long. Its time we stomped the muslim terrorists and their wacky religion out of existence, once and for all.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  262. Rick

    Israel is defending herself, and has every right to do so. Over 5,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel. Israel has an obligation to close Gaza's major military supply route, the sea. This convoy's purpose was not humanitarian. Israel offered to deliver all humanitarian goods from Ashdod. The offer was rejected. The purpose of this convoy of ships was solely to provoke a military response with Israel. Video on U tube show clearly the activists with metal clubs, chains and guns used to confront the Israelis. Al Jazeera had video of activists singing death to the Jews. Turkey bears primary responsibility for allowing these thugs to use Turkish ships.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  263. Zolicon

    When You go to View Story on this one You will see Two Large Containment Boxes.
    If those Idiots at BP,And those So Called Experts would Place one of them over the Blow-out Preventer with 5000 feet of Riser Pipe attached to it Would Catch all of the Leaking Oil.
    Persoally I think that those So called Experts were Beaten with an Idiot Stick.
    Would anyone like to know how Stupid these People are.
    Well just Look at what they are Doing.Those Meatheads are Attempting to cut Off the Fallen Riser Pipe from the Top of the Blow-out Preventer.
    I would like to know why they are doing it Like that when all they have to do is unbolt the Collapsed Riser Pipe and Bolt a New One to the Top of the Blow-out Preventer.


    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  264. jim

    Isn't Israel always looking for another war they even attack the USS Liberty and got away with it. We fought and killed many Iraqi's over their non existent nukesl. We put pressure on Iran over Nukes but what country snubs their nose at the rest of the world over their nukes. Maybe someday if there is a just God Israel will struck with a major disaster and the rest of the world will just tell them that sending help to them is too dangerous.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  265. billy jo couch

    It's the "LEAD-IN," to Armongedon!

    Bj Couch
    Elkhart, Indiana

    June 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  266. Roberta from Los Angeles

    Several years ago our son (who wasn't raised in a religious home) graduated with a Ph.D. and converted to Judaism. He believed if he moved to Israel, he could become politically involved and ultimately aid in the Peace process. Well, over the past 15 years we have watched his informative e-mails become diatribes, in favor of wiping all persecutors of Jews off the face of the earth, beginning with the Palestinians. Our hearts are broken because we now have to admit that the extreme prejudice of Judaism is every bit as dangerous as extremists of any other religion. The once respected Children of God are now no better than the thugs who oppressed them in years and eras past. We didn't raise our son to hate anyone or anything. It seems that even people whose original calling is for Peace, can become the bullies they once despised, when re-programmed via being immersed in fear and hatred. While some in Israel may want Peace, is will always be the venomous hawks who disrupt any hope for it. It's time to cut the ties with Israel, and see if "God's Children" can survive without the strong arm of the U.S.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  267. sammy

    Israel is a Bulldog on the loose and out of control....

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  268. David

    Israel should be glad that it wasn't a country like Iran that is testing them by sending aid shipments, if they reacted the same way it would definetely start a war.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  269. Bill Gorman

    Jack, do ducks quack? One of the things that annoys me about my Christian faith is that it seems we all have to march lock step to anything Israel desires to do. Those days are over. Israel needs to take responsibility for their actions. Our friendship with Turkey should not be thrown away, and we needn't be put in spots where we need to choose sides. It is time for Israel to know that America is not automatically in their back pocket and will bail them out of any action they choose to take.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  270. Gloria LeBoyer

    Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East that respects the rights of all people, including woman. Yet, when Israel tries to defend itself against extremists that ONLY will be satisfied when Israel stops to exist, its gets criticized. Is Israel suppose to let all ships into Gaza, an area now headed by the terrorist organization of Hamas, without searching its contents? Do the critics of Israel also want to let all ships into the USA without the coast guards checking its contents?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  271. j fosty

    Israel is not trying to start a war but hides behind the us knowing the rules do not apply to them I have not heard much from our government as far as condemning these terrorists actions either

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  272. John

    I don't think that Israel is exactly trying to start a war. But they don't have the imagination to make peace.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  273. margie illinois

    no their not, but the activist are sure trying to jack.any country would do the same thing and anyone who says they wouldn't is a liar.leave istael alone.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  274. Dave

    I do not understand just why the entire world especially the US media automatically blames Israel for anything that happens in the middle east..

    My opinion, this was a setup by Hamas and the entire world is falling for it.

    I am not Jewish, but I believe Israel is the only friend the US has in that part of the world.

    Now the Obama Adminstration is throwing Israel under the bus just like they have many others.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  275. Ahmad Hussain

    It seems that most of the people in rest of the world know more about Gaza blockade than we in the USA. I suggest CNN should should let it's viewers, like myself, have some more understanding of why the blockade, who is suffering and how it is effecting Isreal and Palistineans.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  276. Najwa

    Peace is not on Israel agenda. All the facts from the past years prove it. Israel has so many internal problems, for them peace means that they have to turn inward and fight with each other. Hamas are not Israel enemies but the moderate regimes in Palestine and some Arab countries are. Hamas is giving Israel the excuses to keep fighting and keep getting our billions of our tax dollars every year . When are we going to start fighting for our own national security? when are we going to look for ways to save the lives of our troupes?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  277. Tomer Goldenberg

    OF COURSE NOT ! What possible reason could make Israel WANT to go to war ?! Not only that the "peace mission", or rather what you describe as the "deadly raid", is portrayed compleltly wrong, now your'e even pondering absurd and unjust future telling,as this message gets across to millions. Rediculous. Isreal was merely trying to inspect the ship (after it was refused to do so in a traditional manner). Only after being brutally attacked, the forces resroted to defending themselves. Come on Jack, the anti propaganda against Israel has to stop, there is no need to make it worse now by suggesting a peace seeking country is looking for war.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  278. jared g

    Before a question like this is answered one should think about if it even makes sense. This event is comparable to a group of Mexicans trying to get humanitarian aid to either Mexican Americans or illegal immigrants from Mexico. If U.S. border security came across this group, don't you think they would be inspected? I sure wouldn't want a group of radicals potentially bringing weapons into the U.S. for illegal immigrants to use against my soldiers. If this flotilla group came across U.S. soldiers, the same thing would have occured, however these soldiers would have been applauded

    June 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  279. Josiah, Fairdax, VA

    Israel has a permanent posture of war that only serves to exacerbate the situation. No one seems to understand that pressure will always produce counter-pressure; that is, when someone hits you and you hit back you lock one another down in an endless battle until someone decides to stop the madness of reacting. Just because Israel uses force under the guise of a sovereign government does not make the belligerent use of it legitimate. Jack and to the audience, please listen carefully: Some of the worst atrocities against humanity occur in the name of so-called self-defense. And until we cease our unthinking and reactionary ways of acting in self-defense, which is almost always beyond what is necessary for self-defense, the world will be locked in endless war.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  280. judith schimmelpfennig

    Israel is trying to protect their interests in gaza. they aren't starting a war they're already there. the news clips show passengers beating, stabbing, kicking the soldiers. if turkey is an ally..wny attack? they could have allowed the israelli's check for weapons,which didn't exist. extremist would love the US if they turned their back on Israel. this incident should be handled with kid gloves. thanks schim

    June 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  281. Eddy

    No, of course not. However, Israel is doing its part in giving other Muslim nations a reason to go to war with Israel. However bad things are on the ground in the Gaza strip, Israel is not leading by example.

    It is hard to feel empathy for Israel when every time Israel makes the news they are the bulling others.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  282. Jane Casa

    Yes, they are already waging a war against the Palestinians and have ravaged Gaza in what could only be described as allout war.

    Netanyahoo says Israel has the right to defend itself. In this instance, they are not defending they are offending. How can one call it defense when they are rapeling down into the boat fully armed, taking people hostage and not even releasing the names of the people they murdered.

    And the United States bankrolls them and will ask for an increase to further militarize Israel. And we simperingly worry about offending them !!!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  283. Michael in Phoenix

    If your neighbor told you with witnesses that they wanted to kill you and everyone in your family what would you do? The Arab countries have clearly stated this. What would you do?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  284. jeff, orlando

    Israel is a war state, it has been implemented by the West in the middle of the arab world to keep this part of the world in continuous problems so that the arab countries never think about development(regardless from their huge revenues from oil) but just focus on the threats coming from their unwanted neighbor.. I'm wondering when the West will wake up and see who are the real terrorists that attack civilians that are trying to help other civilians who are under a blockade that is against all the international laws. I m wondering how would the reaction of the west be if it was the israeli civilians that were under a military attack.. we gotta be more objective

    June 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  285. Barbara Israel

    No, Jack. Israel unequivocally wants peace.
    However, these "planned provocations' and 8 years of rockets into
    Israel from Gaza are preventing peace.
    Why can't Israel's Arab neighbors live in peace with Israel?
    Why, because they are steaming with hatred.
    They teach their children that Israel has no right to exist and
    to yell "Death to the Jews." Israel has tried many times to seek peace, even to the extent of giving land, but nothing will satisfy the Arabs, except to wipe Israel off the map. What should Israel do with neighbors like
    that? If you can answer that you will have solved the Middle
    East problem.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  286. jewforpeace

    Bill, you obviously know your history. Sadly, not many americans do and have had the news spin job of the century thrust upon them.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  287. Mike

    Jack, where have you been? They've been at war trying to preserve their existence since 1948. Both sides were offered a 2 state solution then. The Jews accepted. The Arabs attacked trying to take it all. Everything that has followed comes from the failure of the Arab states to recognize Israel in the first place.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  288. David in Houston

    It's high time the US cut the cord...

    June 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  289. Ashe

    It certainly looks that way, Jack. I really feel for Israel. It finds itself in between a rock and a hard place; literarily. But they really need to abandon the idea that they can solve every problem by force. For every action there’s a reaction. And this one, like many others before it, will have a reaction. So even if this doesn’t start a war, it certainly will do more damage to the world’s perception of Israel which is already deteriorating as it is.

    Jacksonville, FL

    June 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  290. Jack

    I don't know if this comment will ever make to the boar, but I just want to say that JENNA from CA is a PIG

    June 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  291. Raafat Elfeky

    One day it will be the whole world in one side and U.S.A only with their Israel in the other side, At this time it will be too late to discover that you were following the devil blindly.

    Raafat Elfeky

    June 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  292. Mark from Las Vegas

    Israel may just be trying to start a war. She certainly isn't trying to make friends! It's time for the United States to cut the unbillibal cord between us and let them make it on their own.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  293. George

    Just another reason why Israeli apologist Joe Lieberman needs to lose his seat in the Senate. America has too many loud voices blindly defending this nation, to our undoing. Israel continues to be the tail that wags the dog (America) with no concern over the ramifications. I hope that this does not lead to another Middle East War, which would once again position America on the wrong side of this equation. America needs a more balanced approach, condemning Israel when it is wrong. Their action was once again over the top. Israel needs to withdraw, an have an NEUTRAL international group replace it. Israel's general recalcitrance in the region continues to fuel this kind of outburst with no end in sight!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  294. sharon

    This was a defensive not offensive message!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  295. Eli

    This is too funny, Israel may fire as many nukes as they want at Iran, but in the end, the little tiny spec of a country called Israel, can be completely wiped out with Iran's conventional ballistic missiles, Tel Av Iv will burn, the entire country will burn and guess what, there will still be billions and billions of Muslims in this world, Israel has nothing to gain, and everything to lose. I could give a rats ass about any other country but my own, i care about my local, county, state and federal economy, and moreover, im very worried about the city i live in, which is right in the path of the moving oil in the Gulf. So, i say, bring home our men, stop spending a trillion dollars a year on these wars that to no where, and use them to help clean up this mess in the Gulf.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  296. Helena Havelock

    Yes, it certainly appears that way. Israel has manipulated and lied to us and the entire world for far too long and gotten away with it. They've squandered every bit of goodwill that has come their way all the while preying on universal guilt. Their claims of "self-defense" are entirely bogus and opposition to the barbaric tactics they employ is becoming more widespread. They've taken our billions, year after year and have continued to thumb their noses arrogantly in their refusal to honor the terms of agreements with us. Enough is enough, at the very least can we not put a stop to our tax dollars funding their barbarism?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  297. Logan9773

    Well, if Obama is against Israel, then I am against Obama. The bleeding hearts are starting to get way to much power in America. This is what happened in Europe in WWII where all the soft liberals tried to make deals with Hitler. He made them and then invaded anyway. What did they expect? Seems the same is happening here now with the cowardly euro's once again trying to make deals with the muslims. They're just going to turn around and kill you anyway. And if Obama and the weaklings that now rule America try to do this, I will gladly show them the door. Right now we needs Hawks in power, not sheep. I expected Obama to be better than this, but he is turning out to be nothing but a sheep in wolf's clothing. I voted for him, thinking he would be better than this, but now I am starting to regret it.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  298. foofighter

    You don't bring a knife to a gunfight. You don't bring truncheons, knives and bats to a peace rally.

    Peaceful activists? I think not. Where is the coverage of the 'hate Jews'/ hate Israel sing along that preceded the launch of the 'peace flotilla'

    You, Jack, have seeminly lost discernment. And the human world - it could use some honesty. Let's call hate by its real name - anything less, and we are asking for more violence.

    How about a little truth and honesty from CNN.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  299. Charles Bressler

    The question that should be asked is:
    Does the Arab world want war? Whatever Israel does is blamed
    by the entire World with the exception of the United States. But since you asked the question, the answer is: Israel is doing all it can to
    prevent a war.
    Charles Bressler

    June 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  300. ytreffac

    ISRAEL is not a Theocracy. They have elections and a lot of different parties. And their parliament change hands quite often from elections to elections. Yes, they do have religious parties but they are not the leading party. So get the fact straight.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  301. Jerome

    Throughout my youth and now into my mid life, Israel has made the news, time and time again. Is it not true that the Messiah was rejected by his own people in order to do away with just God’s chosen ones? If the stage is being set then let the curtain stay down and give everyone a refund. Enough is enough.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  302. michael

    Nothing brings out the racists and anti semites like a good Israel story. Israeli lobby becomes "Jew Lobby"? Please! There are Israeli Arabs to you know.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm |