Turkey must block Gaza flotilla: Israel

2011-06-13 14:01

Jerusalem - Israel hopes the Turkish government of re-elected Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will block a flotilla of activists hoping to sail to Gaza, an Israeli minister said on Monday.

"It's clear that we don't want to see encouragement on the part of the Turkish government towards a provocative flotilla," Israel's deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, told public radio following Sunday's election in Turkey.

"We hope that a responsible government will not act against international law and will stop its citizens from entering dangerous zones."

A group of pro-Palestinian activists, led by several Turkish groups, have said they plan to sail to Gaza in June, in a repeat of a mission they undertook in May 2010.

That flotilla resulted in bloodshed when Israeli commandos raided the ships on May 31, as they approached Gaza. Nine Turks were killed in the assault, which was widely condemned and soured relations between Israel and Ankara.

The activists involved in the new flotilla have said they plan to go ahead with their mission, despite Egypt's decision to re-open the Rafah border crossing, effectively weakening Israel's blockade of the coastal strip.

Avoiding provocation

Israel has strongly urged Turkey to block the flotilla from leaving this time, warning that its forces will take action to prevent activists from arriving in Gaza.

"This election is an occasion to open a new page. This doesn't depend on us, but on the Turks, and we hope to see from them a policy that is more thought-out and balanced and responsible," Ayalon said.

"We don't consider Turkey an enemy state. We hope that the Turks agree to take a significant step before relations with Israel degrade more than they have in the last year or two, mostly due to them," he added.

Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on activists to rethink the flotilla and suggested that aid could be delivered without provoking Israel or risking the lives of citizens.

"Civic groups should take into account the fact that the Rafah crossing (between Gaza and Egypt) has been opened and... act in a more careful manner," he said in remarks carried by Anatolia news agency.

However, he insisted it would be "unacceptable" for the Turkish government to demand independent civic groups abandon the mission, planned for late June with 15 ships from various countries.

  • Amien - 2011-06-13 14:52

    "Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed... Whenever government becomes destructive to life, liberty, or property [i.e., the pursuit of happiness], it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it... It is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." — American Declaration of Independence

  • - 2011-06-13 15:03

    Why does Israel want to block everything that's going into Palestine (medicine/food, etc.?

      Cornix - 2011-06-13 17:17

      They are not blocking the flow of supplies, but they block the flow of weapons that can and will be used against them by the terrorist Hamas organisation. It is a way of self-defense. Is that so hard to understand?

      Sargon - 2011-06-13 18:01

      They do NOT block everything. They check every container going into Palestine for weapons and they block things that can be made into weapons. This so that they can prevent or try prevent rockets being shot at innocent civilians such as school children and people working on farms. Also they do not WANT to block everything. It cost money, time and manpower to check these shipments, but if they do not do it they cannot protect their citizens from rocket attacks.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-13 20:34 - You are not only a damn liar you are a moron - Ask yourself this : When did Israel start blocking most shipments ? Answer : When those damn barbaric palestinians started blowing themselves up in Israeli busses and sending rockets into Israel. Secondly - they do not block food and medicine and in fact those ungrateful palestinians are often treated by Israeli doctors in world class Israeli hospitals. Show me one muslim helping a jew (like never)...I can show you countless Jews helping muslims!

      Paco7 - 2011-06-14 11:01

      because they a bunch of zionist pigs

  • gertie - 2011-06-13 15:04

    If the flotilla leaves for open water - what is in Turkish mandate to stop the ships from leaving... If your affairs are in order in your country you are free to leave - Israel can only stop them from entering Israel's territorial water 12.5 Nautical Miles. Israel are being bullies - use undue force where it is not their mandate to do so...

      Cornix - 2011-06-13 17:21

      No, they are not bullies. They have the right to defend themselves by making sure no weapons enter Gaza. Those weapons will only be used for the purpose of attacking Israel.

      Sargon - 2011-06-13 18:04

      Gertie please refer to a map and you will see that the flotilla cannot levitate to "open water". The Turkish govt should see that their citizens do not commit acts against the law of other countries. eg SA Govt should see that their citizens do not smuggle weapons to other countries. Refer the mercenaries fiascoes during the past 2 decades.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-13 20:37

      Gertie - Palestinians sympathisers like yourself often end up with a bullet to the head by those they sympathise with - you go into palestine they will probably kill u if u r a westerner. Just ask Vittorio Arrigoni. These people are barbarians! Its in their religion and culture- look at history - do u think islam was spread through peaceful means or the sword?

      Truth - 2011-06-14 07:58

      @gonny you are threatened by islam, prove to me what harm was done by islam to the french to make them ban the Burqa? Please give specific examples since you are critizing the religion, also note that by the french banning the burqa this is clear public proof of the persecution of innocent muslims.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-14 09:48

      Truth - the proof is in all the suicide bombings in other countries that are taking place by people hiding bombs in burqas - the french are proactive. Why dont you show me proof what harm bikinis have done in mecca that its not allowed there? And yes I am threatened by any violent religion. So i hope i answered your questions. Yesterday a bomb went off in a football field in iraq BECAUSE people were playing FOOTBALL!! This is the threat posed by your religion! its sickening.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-14 09:49

      I might add - the Saudis banning the wearing of bikinis in public and forcing western women to wear scalves is the persecution of innocent non-muslims!

      Realist - 2011-06-14 15:10

      @Gonny Islam actually places some emphasis on protecting a womens Modesty, to prevent the whoring nations you find today, thats being pro-active... Those that have a problem with what teh Saudi's rule, shouldnt go there, and the same goes for any muslim who find a problem with a law of any country, if you dont like the heat, stay out of teh kitchen... You shouldnt be afraid of Muslims, you live in a country full of them, and if you havent noticed, we havent bombed you have we? If you have a problem with the middle eastern people, who are all F'd up I might add, irrespective of their religion, then hold them responsible for it, not our religion... I could easily sit and say that we're afraid of teh paedophile religion, but blasting teh religion because teh people are stupid is a bit wrong dont you think? And if you dont think so, then maybe you shoudlnt think at all...

      Realist - 2011-06-14 15:12

      @Cornix So let me understand your wisdom filled statement.... They have the right to defend themselves by making sure no weapons enter Gaza... Ok, makes enough sense... The fact that they're allowed to have weapons and kill the palestinians is also a right then I suppose?

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-14 16:02

      @Realist - "Modesty, to prevent the whoring nations you find today, thats being pro-active... " Uh excuse me talking about whoring - how many wives did mohamed your prophet have? Oh and how old was he when he took 9 year old aisha as his wife? Oh he was about 45 right? "You shouldnt be afraid of Muslims, you live in a country full of them, and if you havent noticed, we havent bombed you have we? " Oh and the bombing at Planet Hollywood in the late 1990s was done by the jews right?

      Neutedop - 2011-06-24 08:13

      @GonnyVonYuri - Hahaha - Facts are facts!

  • Gemini - 2011-06-14 11:28

    I feel sorry 4 GonnyvanYuri-u truly r a very narrow minded individual who looks @ life thru blinkers. No diff between u & the guys @ Al Qaeda actually. Ur hatred 4 a religion u know nothin about is proof of this. Just remember those Barbaric & ungrateful Palestinians u refer 2 r not only Muslim. Also those ungrateful Palestinians who r seen 2 by Jewish doctors r the 1s who get 2 go 2 the hospital. Those who live in Gaza r not allowed 2 travel outside their compund-so they receive jack. Ur comment about Muslim & Jewish doctors-plz dont make an ass of urself by making such STUPID remarks. BTW u talk of Vittori who was killed-yes what happened 2 him is absolutely appaling-but ever considered just the way people r killed in other parts of the world 4 no apparent reason this is what happened 2 him as well & that he was not murdered bcos he was a westerner-the Palestinians love the fact that foreigners come 2 Palestine 2 highlite their plight-why would they kill him for doing just that? Why did they not kill any of the other members in the party. Also if the Palestinians r as barbaric,as u claim, why did the others in his group not go home-why do they continue 2 stay on? I'm not saying his killin is by any means justified or anythin like that all i'm sayin is that sometime we have 2 ask questions & not belive everythin we hear. Also u are very quick 2 point out the murder of Vittori but what about the murder of Rachel Corey-why do u not condem her murder?

  • Gemini - 2011-06-14 11:33

    u talk of Islam being spread by the sword yet you dont have anything to say about Christianity being spread by the sword (Crusades) you are very selective in your judgement - like I said very much like this Al Qaeda idiots (and yes i do think you're an idiot). The killings in Pakistan - muslim on muslim violence is sectarian violence - while not justified in the least - thats what it is - those people were not killed becos they played football they were killed bcos they were of another 'sect' to the man who blew himself up - VERY MUCH LIKE what Ireland experienced when the Protestants and Catholics killed each other over how the other side interpreted Christianity.

      Realist - 2011-06-14 15:16

      Thank you Gemini, you put alot into perspective

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-14 16:05

      Well if Christianity was spread by the sword its followers certainly have educated themselves to progress - do you see christians placing bombs in football fields just so women dont play soccer...yesterday in IRaq a bomb went off in a FOOTBALL field to STOP MEN playing football - this is your sick religion and its followers,

  • Khalid - 2011-06-25 10:03

    Israel - keep on dreaming

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