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Wednesday, June 9, 2010


State of Israel
Ministry of Public Diplomacy & Diaspora
3 Kaplan St. Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: 972-2-6587120 Fax: 972-2-6587125
Jerusalem, 1 June 2010
Dear friends around the world,
In the wake of Israel's interception of a flotilla of ships and activists bent on lifting
Israel’s blockade of the Hamas regime, a regime whose charter, rhetoric and behavior
are all aimed at Israel’s destruction, we find ourselves yet again in the center of a
perfect media storm.
We are sure that you, like us, are frustrated with the situation. The simplistic images and
narratives that appear in the media do not reflect the complex facts on the ground in
Israel or in Gaza. Few media outlets discuss Israel’s position that the blockade is based
on the Hamas regime’s refusal to end its state of war against our country, and fewer still
have shown the chilling footage available on the Internet of the Gaza-bound activists on
one of the flotilla’s ships beating, stabbing, lobbing firebombs toward and even
throwing overboard IDF troops sent to enforce the blockade on Hamas. Nor do these
outlets note the fact that Israel sends 15,000 tons of goods and supplies into Gaza each
week, a figure that makes the flotilla’s cargo a mere drop in the ocean. For all the
discussion of a terrible “humanitarian crisis,” there is no hunger in Gaza, no starved
children and no famine deaths. There is only tyranny, extremism and endless war
sustained by the brutal rule of Hamas.
We know that you, in the Diaspora Jewish communities, often feel that Israel fails to
present these facts adequately, and that Israel’s bad image is projected onto you. We
also know that Diaspora Jews are passionate defenders of Israel in its darkest hours.
Therefore we say that this is not the time to talk about what should have been done.
This is the time to act!
You too can take part in Israel’s public diplomacy, in showing clearly that while Israel
may make mistakes, it is Hamas, Iran and other enemies who are perpetuating the war
and thriving from the bloodshed they instigate.
In response to the calls to isolate Israel and the efforts to place all responsibility for the
violence on our soldiers, we must offer substantive and clear answers, including the
reason that the flotilla was intercepted and the need to continue to prevent open shipping
lines to the vicious tyrants of Hamas.
Some important talking points:
1. The Palestinian people are not under blockade. In the West Bank, Israel has worked
hard in the past year to bring prosperity and lay the foundations for peace. Most of the
roadblocks are down and the West Bank’s economy is now one of the fastest-growing in
the world. There is only one reason that the blockade was instituted: to prevent the
rearming of the brutal tyrants of Hamas, who would use those arms against Israeli
civilians and their own people.

State of Israel
Ministry of Public Diplomacy & Diaspora
3 Kaplan St. Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: 972-2-6587120 Fax: 972-2-6587125
2. Civilians on the flotilla were cynically exploited by extremist organizations. Five
ships did not act with violence toward the soldiers, and were peacefully brought to
port. Only the ship that had planned in advance to brutally attack the soldiers and
endanger their lives were, in turn met with deadly force.
3. There are ways to help the residents of Gaza that do not also help the Iran-backed
Hamas regime and terror organizations in the Gaza Strip. Supplies can be donated to
UN agencies, for example. But Israel cannot allow open supply routes for war materials
into Gaza.
We urge you to share videos, photographs and articles about Israel’s complex situation
with your friends and family around the world. Write letters to your local newspapers,
comment on blogs and news websites, call in to radio programs and post links to social
networking sites, to help spread the real version of events. The more knowledge people
acquire, the more accurately Israel’s position is represented.
Let us be clear. We are not asking for blind support for the government’s position. Even
within Israel there is criticism over the handling of the flotilla operation and the policy
that led to it. We are a country that cherishes as our highest ideal the freedom to speak
one’s mind and criticize. We are however, asking for help against the effort to
delegitimize and dehumanize our country, an effort led by those who would deny us our
very right to exist. The flotilla was a political act, not a humanitarian one and the
ultimate goal of those who choose violence is not peace, but our destruction.
Thank you for your help,
Ronen Plot
Director General of Israel's Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs

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