What is surprising is that the US State Department seems clueless. In response to questions about the IHH, and despite documented reports by the Danish government, French and Israeli intelligence agencies, and the Turkish government itself, Assistant Secretary of State Philip J. Crowley said: "The IHH has not been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization."
Based on the information available to the State Department, is there any basis for designating IHH as a Foreign Terrorist Organization? Does the CIA or any reputable intelligence agency have any reliable information on IHH? Has the IHH come up for review?
The State Department has no answer. That's strange because everyone else does.
That may explain why President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are also misinformed. But, if they don't know what's going on, if they were not briefed, are they lying or simply in denial? They seem to know when a Jew dares to build in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. They know immediately when an Arab complains about Jews, but when Turkey launches a provocative action, they plead ignorance?
Who is America's enemy?
Consider this carefully: A hostile flotilla sponsored by a terrorist organization, which may be carrying sophisticated weapons and terrorists, tries to break through a blockade established by an ally of the United States, a friendly country - yet the president of the US and his secretary of state don't care, don't know, and aren't paying attention?
If a caravan of building equipment and supplies was headed for a Jewish settlement, how many minutes would it take for President Obama to call PM Netanyahu and complain?
Clearly, these attempts to reach Hamas terrorists in Gaza are part of an organized plan to test Israel's resolve and its support among the nations. The broader goal is to delegitimize Israel. But American interests are also at risk.
If Turkish organizations with links to terrorists, like IHH, are not being monitored by US intelligence agencies, it means that they can penetrate the United States.
And if they are being watched, why was Israel left to swing alone? Who is America's enemy here?
The author is a writer and journalist living in Israel