I am shocked! shocked! that the Israelis didn't solicit Obama's advice on how to handle it. And did Obama demand that we respect it?
Israelis drive Somali pirates away INN (hat tip Michael)
Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fends off pirate attack far off coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchange fire with bandits Associated Press
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.
"It felt like we were in war," Pinto said. None of the roughly 1,000 passengers and 500 crew members were hurt, Melody owner Msc Cruises said in a statement issued by its German branch.
More jihadi fighting Jews:
Gunmen give chase and attempt to board Zim vessel traveling 700 km from Somali coast
Somali gunmen attacked an Israeli ship sailing 700 km off the coast of Somalia at around 10 am Saturday. The 'Africa Star' ship, belonging to Zim Shipping Services, had no Israelis on board.
Lior Hayat of the Foreign Ministry told Ynet, "We are following the incident. Since there were no Israelis on board the ship, the Foreign Ministry will not involve itself in the handling of this case."
The pirate gunmen, riding on two motorboats accompanied by a mother-ship, opened fire at the Zim ship and then attempted to board by steering close to its hull and leaping from the boats.
They were unsuccessful, however, as the ship's hull was encircled with barbed wire. No injuries were reported among the Zim crew.
After failing to board, the pirates returned to their boats and began a chase that went on for a number of hours. They were unsuccessful in reaching the vessel.