Israelis are being hired to fight off Somali pirates—and they’re succeeding.
An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away, the commander said Sunday.
Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire.
[…] Saturday’s attack occurred about 200 miles (325 kilometers) north of the Seychelles, and about 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of Somalia, according to the anti-piracy flotilla headquarters of the Maritime Security Center Horn of Africa.
Pinto said the pirates fired with automatic weapons, slightly damaging the liner, and tried to put a ladder on board. But he said they were unable to climb aboard.
The commander said his security forces opened fire with pistols and the ANSA news agency said the pistols had been kept in a safe under the joint control of the commander and security chief.
And the kicker in this story: Reuters excluded the information that it was an Israeli security team that saved the day. And they added this ridiculous statement from some idiot in Kenya, who must be on the pirates’ payroll:
“Having weapons on a passenger or merchant ship is dangerous. They should have used other means to shake off the pirates, like a loud acoustic device,” said Andrew Mwangura of the Mombasa-based East African Sea Farers Assistance Program.
Leave it to Reuters to recommend the cause of least resistance.
This is one of the reasons the world is so biased against Israel. Because the media report only the bad news, none of the good. Although I’m sure there are many anti-Israel critics who think it’s simply awful that a group of young Israeli ex-soldiers fought off Somali pirates.