The Marmara Flotilla
We call upon the Israeli government to enable the flotilla to arrive in Gaza after having been checked by Israeli security forces for weapons and explosives. We call upon the organizers of the flotilla to enable their ships to be checked without violence.The Jewish tradition demands peace but also recognizes the right for self-defense. Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself and its residents from those who are trying to reject and destroy her existence. In the light of the fact that Hamas has previously received ammunitions and missiles from abroad that were then aimed at Israel, Israel has the right to attempt to prevent more missiles from being delivered to the Gaza strip.
At the same time, we highlight again the merciful nature of the Jewish tradition. We turn to our God and say: Merciful God, the Jewish tradition teaches us to care for the weak and the poor of our people and for these who are not of our people. We cannot prevent those who sincerely want to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza residents, who have suffered and continue to suffer from poor living conditions, the possibility of delivering aid. We will continue to pray for peace, for the release of Gilad Shalit and for peace for all the residents of the area, regardless their religion or nationality.