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Israel Enjoys Victory With U.N. Flotilla Probe

Palmer Commission finds Gaza blockade legal, does not demand apology

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A captured flotilla ship last year.(Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A panel headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer is preparing to report that while Israel used excessive force against last year’s flotilla and intercepted the boats too early, presumably making it partly responsible for the nine deaths of the activists aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Gaza blockade itself was and remains legal and Turkey deserves blame for the tragedy at sea as well. (Israel argues that its soldiers acted in self-defense and that it intercepted the flotilla where it did due to tactical considerations.) Israel is not asked to apologize or to compensate the victims’ families. The report also finds that Israel’s internal probe was fair-minded and professional, while Turkey’s internal probe was biased and politicized. All in all, especially given that many of Israel’s most ardent supporters have acknowledged that the deaths last year were not only a tragedy but a strategic blunder, and especially given the track record of U.N. reports concerning Israel, Israel is likely to be pleased with this outcome. Couple it with the effective thwarting of this year’s flotilla, and you’ve had a pretty good week if you’re Israel.

It’s also an outcome that is clearly partly the result of positive diplomacy between Israel and Turkey, although on that front, reportedly, there has yet to be a full healing. Members from both sides are currently negotiating in New York; yesterday, Israeli President Shimon Peres urged reconciliation. Turkey is demanding an apology for the flotilla raid; Israel wants only to respect regret. The U.N. report is expected to side with Israel, not Turkey, on this question. Indeed, perhaps most telling of all is that Turkey, and not Israel, is urging the report be kept secret.

Gaza Flotilla Probe: IDF Used Excessive Force but Gaza Blockade Legal [Haaretz]
Earlier: Have Israel and Turkey Reached Détente?

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jzsnake says:

Now how many news agencies are going to report this story?

tillkan says:

That is a disgraceful report. Israel murdered nine good people in cold blood. I guess the UN feels it had to make a gesture to bow down to Israel. Spare me.

This is more like the reality:

UN report ‘slams Israel over Nakba Day bloodshed’

Abbi says:

Tillkan, if you’re willing to believe lies and propaganda, I guess you’ll go with that idiocy. The rest of the world who likes logic will stick with the truth.

Noam says:

exessive force???
IDF used paint guns!!!

And what about the excessive force of these “peace activists”???

They always forget that 3 soldiers were almost killed too.

tillkan says:

The IDF used paint guns, so by you they didn’t use any real guns? Since when do people die from being shot in the head by paint guns?

Rebecca says:

right, Turkey can add yet another cover up to their history books. The Armenian Genocide, antisemitism, the flotilla. And why is this country “our friend”? With friends like that who needs enemies!

Levo says:

Radical “Undeclared Terrorist State of Israel” is a blood-stained Welfare Recipient of the US feeling utterly immune to persecution for her criminal condust! As Turks are ‘no helpless Arabs’ intransigent Israel will only be completely isolated if she does not make good with Turkey; the World’s 16th largest economy by GDP.

Regardless of what happens from this point on Israel forever lost historically the greatest friend she ever had; the Turkish public. The Turks had helped save Jewish lives by the hundreds of thousands since the Spanish Inquisition long before there was U.S.A

The suicidal Megalomaniac Zionists are the greatest threat to World Peace as a result of their ‘chosen people complex’!

Shel_TR says:

@Levo: Actually, irrationality such as yours is the greatest threat to world peace.

Recently, the Turks have been rejecting the intransigent approach blazed by their crypto-Islamofascist leader. The Turkish public realizes the counter-productive nature of siding with non-thinking in-DUH-viduals like yourself who support political grand-standing like the flotilla.

I am strongly Zionist, i.e. I love the State of Israel. I also believe that a Palestinian state, which is able to control itself and its population, is in everybody’s best interest.

“Religio-Fascist” Zionists espousing a Sociopathic Intellect unrepentant of murder of innocents as displayed by ‘Megalomaniac Commentators’ such as ‘Shel_TR’ are the greatest threat first and foremost to the tiny ‘shoe box-sized Israel’ which is NOBODY w/o the $3 Billion Welfare Money from the US! Your chatter is void of substance as it includes no defense for the Criminal conduct of the Zionist Warmongerers? Furthermore keep in mind antagonizing the region’s most powerful country Turkey with the World’s fastest growing economy and a Military which makes the Israeli ‘Civilian Murder Force IDF’ look like a rag tag gang of Murderous Amateurs could well spell the end of the ME greatest Headache!


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