Commentary Magazine


Who Are Israel’s True Friends?

Christians United for Israel, unlike the befuddled Nancy Pelosi, puts out a statement that is a model of moral clarity:

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) deeply regrets any loss of life associated with the events that took place on Monday morning during Israel’s justified seizure of ships attempting to violate Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. Yet CUFI notes that Israel’s soldiers were responding in self-defense to a clear provocation by ship passengers who viciously attacked Israeli commandos as they boarded one of the ships in the flotilla. These unfortunate incidents cannot be properly understood outside of this context.

We further note that Israel took important steps to avoid confrontation and violence in this matter. This included an offer to offload the ships’ supplies in Israel and transport those materials overland to the Gaza Strip, as well as a clear warning to the flotilla’s leaders that the Israeli military would not allow them to land in Gaza.

By the admission of its own leaders, this flotilla was aimed not at delivering humanitarian aid, but at breaking Israel’s blockade of Gaza — a blockade that is justified given the behavior of Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

CUFI believes that the requirement that all materials imported to the Gaza Strip be subject to inspection by Israeli security personnel is in line with Israel’s sovereign right to protect its citizens from further violence originating from that territory. CUFI further notes that Israel has a clear record of permitting truly humanitarian aid to flow into Gaza, as evidenced by the over one million tons of humanitarian supplies that have been transferred in the past eighteen months.

So who are the pro-Israeli Americans? Who are more than friends in name only? Pelosi, J Street, the hand-wringers, and moral-equivalence mongers — or these righteous Gentiles?