The international media is uninterested in this story, busy as they are with Japan and Libya. And besides, the last thing they want to know about is an Iranian arms shipment en route to Hamas intercepted by Israel that justifies the 'siege' of Gaza.
The IDF spokesperson reported on Tuesday night that the ship was carrying 50 tons of weapons - about the equivalent of the Karin A, which was caught bringing weapons from Iran to the 'Palestinian Authority' in 2002.
And what concerns the IDF more than anything else is not the quantity but the quality of the arms they found.
Just for the record, here's a partial list of what was found aboard the Victoria:
- 230 mortar shells, 120 mm
- 2,270 mortar shells, 60 mm
- 6 C-704 anti-ship missiles
- 2 radar systems manufactured in England
- 2 launchers
- 2 hydraulic mounting cranes for radar system
- 66,960 bullets for the Kalashnikov, 7.62 millimeter
The C-704's, pictured above are of particular concern. They're 'silkworm ' type missiles that have an effective range of 21 miles (35 kilometers). Fired from the Gaza Strip, they're a danger not only to Israeli shipping but to Israeli ports in close proximity like Ashkelon.
Not only is Iran known to have these weapons,but identifying documents and manuals in Farsi were found aboard the Victoria as well. Just imagine what would be coming in if Israel wasn't monitoring this situation?
In other encouraging news, the Egyptians intercepted a convoy of Iranian arms headed towards Gaza via Egypt's southern border with Sudan. The 5 vehicle convoy carried large quantities of mortars, rocket propelled grenades, rifles and explosives.
Sudan, you'll remember, is an Iranian ally that has a mutual defense pact with Iran.
I'd absolutely love for the cretins who keep whining about the 'siege of Gaza' to put their money where their fetid mouths are and to move themselves and their families into Israeli territory within rocket and mortar range for a few weeks.
I guarantee you'd see them change their attitudes quite quickly.