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Monday, April 13, 2009

Another work accident in Gaza

Moadim l'simcha - a happy holiday to all.

For those wondering why I didn't post more on Sunday night, my Internet connection went down shortly after 10:00 and when it wasn't up by midnight, I gave up and went to sleep. I barely got the last post out last night.

An apparent terror attack was averted on Monday morning when 'Palestinian' terrorists remotely detonated a boatload of explosives that was heading north from Gaza towards Israel while it was still at sea. The Israeli Navy, which had been tailing the boat for more than an hour, estimates that the 'Palestinians' miscalculated the boat's location due to thick fog and detonated it too soon. The boat looked like a fishing boat.
When it was some 300 meters off the Gaza coast and making its way north, the boat blew up, the army said.

The IDF said the incident bore the hallmarks of an attempted terror attack and it was examining how the explosives were detonated.

The IDF speculated that terrorists had detonated explosives on board the boat from afar and, because of a thick fog, had failed to correctly calculate its position, missing their target, Army Radio reported.

It was unclear whether the target of the apparent attack was a Navy vessel or a site on the Israeli coast, the army said.

Palestinians accused the Navy of firing a shell at the boat.
I have to admit that I am puzzled as to why the Navy (apparently) did not blow up the boat. They had been following it for an hour, and they apparently knew there was no one on board. If that's the case, why didn't the Navy blow up the boat?

We might find out - eventually.


JPost is now quoting IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi as saying that 'hundreds' of kilos of explosives were found on that boat.


At 3:44 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Running away from Gaza didn't make Israel more secure. It simply allowed terrorists more freedom to act against Israel. For the leftists in the Israel Police, the real threat to Israel's security isn't what Hamas terrorists might do to Israel; its Jews who seek to reclaim the Gush Katif! What a sick joke. Although we must thank G-d for the holiday miracle that spared Jews tens of thousands of casualties with this averted terror attack, one is taught not to rely on miracles. Hamas isn't going to give up terror against Israel and it learned nothing from Operation Cast Lead. Its not yet clear if Israel has drawn the lesson the Disengagement was a failure. The police brass still think it was an outstanding achievement, in view of their action against Land Of Israel activists - a move an Israeli judge called reminiscent of the practices of dark regimes.

The police do need to be investigated as much as Avigdor Lieberman. And those who violate Jews' rights need to be brought to book.


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