Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a special meeting with his cabinet to discuss the growing international demands for an international probe to investigate last week’s Gaza aid ship attack.
An Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara left at least nine aid workers killed and several others wounded. The US, as well as the entire UN Security Council, have demanded an international probe into the incident, though earlier today Israel insisted it would not allow this to happen.
Turkey, whose ship was attacked, has insisted on the international probe, and Netanyahu is said to be fielding phone calls from a number of world leaders, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and trying to convince them that the probe cannot be permitted for “national security” reasons, and that an internal probe is good enough.
The UN commission was to be headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, and was to include Israeli, US, and Turkish officials. It is unclear if the probe will be able to continue without an Israeli imprimatur, but certainly in the past the UN has held investigations into Israeli actions over their express objections.
The US position will likely be the wildcard in all of this. While the administration’s support for the probe was at the time a way to avoid criticizing Israel for the killings, after a week of Israeli spin and with a resolution praising the attack about to be proposed in Congress, the Obama Administration may once again backtrack from its position, though it would do so at the risk of serious damage to its Turkish allies.
30 thoughts on “Pressure Grows as Israel Rejects International Probe”
Like the old people say– the worst traps you'll ever find yourself in are the ones you set for yourself.
Like the older say…, the only language that Israel will ever understand is the language of a total boycott starting from Turkey.., EU and then rest of the world.
Yes, there should be a boycott, but there should also be an embargo. After all, it is western aid that gives the IDF its lethal character. What does Israel export anyway, besides oranges and Mossad agents?
the swedish "union dock workers seem to have some integrity leading the way,not waiting , around looking at every one else to move first,the schmucks will probably try to cancell their "INSURANCE" though
An international probe is the ONLY probe that would be believed by the international community. Do not let Israel investigate itself!
And be careful even at that. An 'international' probe might still be the US getting its puppet UN Secretary General to name whitewash panel.
So, along with international, lets include some other words like 'fair' and 'transparent' and 'open'.
May be the North Koreans can also investigate the sinking of the South Korean ship.
This is a bad day for US as on the one side is pressing against Iran to obey UN resolutions but for Israel there is no word as they sabotaged every UN resolution. If Iran doen,t comply with Israeli demands sanctions have been imposed but for massacre no world from America and we regret deeply. Might is right but how long? All the sanctions so for were for Muslim countries but chritian world was secure e.g. if Indonesian chritians revolt UN intervened and thew Ost-timore is independent but Kashmiris, palestanians, philipines, Chechenia will be further massacred. Even EU is putting pressure on Turkey on the issue of Cypern
Lets not forget Israilis are " WHITE PEOPLE " they can not do anything wrong .any way 9 people killed there lives are not the same as American lives ops sorry 1 was American but a Terorist.
Turkey a member of NATO.
All the rest is ink in the water.
you keep saying that,ok, ok well see how thick that ink really is
Not a Turkish ship?
Not international waters?
Turkey not a member of NATO?
Israel will simply go on like their massacre on the high seas never happened. Back to business as usual, with their American lap-dogs holding their water bucket. Hillary stated yesterday that she expects 'tricks' from Iran in this next week to avoid sanctions, while sanctions against Israel for any reason whatsoever is actually against American law. LMAO. Just like how Americans – who have been running torture chambers – are now in their media lecturing the Chinese over supposed human rights violations! LMAO,they're outraged! Back to business as usual!
""I fully expect Iran to pull some stunt in the next couple of days because they know that sanctions are on the way."
Joke 3455 again.
The Bene Gesserit is simply an unequalled master of diplomatic language, isn't she?
Merely by the way, this is surely an idiom –"to pull some stunt"–the Mother Superior must often have used with and–when he was not there–without her husband.
And the US has special forces inside Iran in order to do it and make sure the Iranians bet blamed for it.
Old Bene Gesserit Number Magic: "Let's just all take a deep breath and count to 10,000":
I was dreaming last night that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was very tired and sitting on a couch and drinking while Obama playing guiter and Hillary dancing infront of him of him to make him happy and to cheerup.
Let's have Iran lead the probe…
Obama plays guitar? One would have thought banjo or perhaps tambourine.
Biden the kazoo.
Medvedev guitar perhaps, Putin drums–definitely drums, kettle drums.
and a little pet monkey on xeolophone,making phone calls
Even Tony Soprano didn't get to 'investigate' his own hits.
Investigate Israel? Doesn't make much sense. What's needed is investigation of the Turkish government's actions, not just about their violent attack against Israel, but about their many human rights abuses, of Kurds, Armenians and others. It is also important to investigate the anti-semitic movement. They clearly represent a global security threat, and are known to have extensive links to right-wing extremist movements, such as Hamas. Finally, the UN itself needs to be investigated. The world needs to know why its policies seem to be controlled by anti-semites, and why it is continually refuses to investigate the UK and the US for their massive war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, which any objective observer can easily see are much worse than those that Israel has allegedly committed. Israel doesn't represent any kind of threat to the world, but the anti-semites clearly do. Remember, the attacks on the Jews are just the beginning. But they plan to attack everyone else as well. They don't want a single person alive who disagrees with them, or who is powerful enough to fight them. That's why they attack Israel, and I think we all know it.
STUNT(1) (v) "check in growth, dwarf," 1659, verb use of M.E. adj. stunnt "foolish," from O.E. stunt "short-witted, foolish" (cf. stuntspræc "foolish talk"), from P.Gmc. *stuntaz (cf. O.N. stuttr "short"), from the root of stump.
SUNT(2)(n.) "feat to attract attention," 1878, Amer.Eng. college sports slang, of uncertain origin. Speculated to be a variant of colloq. stump "dare, challenge" (1871), or of Ger. stunde, lit. "hour." The movie stunt man is attested from 1930.
Israel is a parasite and a security risk to the American people and our troops and the sooner we dump israel the better off all americans will be !
There were plenty of Germans after WW2 who thought the nuremberg trials would not investigate in a fair way. By the way from the reading I have done many many survivors of the holocost are against the treatment of the Palestinians. The Ben Gurian type who stayed away lead the murderers.
the gog father has no orb to consult,& rightly so, no partner for the pathologic ,,,what pathologic, what
Both sides have doctored photos.
The top is from the Turkish papers, the bottom is what Reuters reported
This was the header on your webpage for this article;
"Israel Admits It Doctored Flotilla Audio Clip"
This is the actual article:
"Pressure Grows as Israel Rejects International Probe
Netanyahu Tries to Sell 'Internal' Probe to Allies"
This kind of duplicitous crap belongs in the MSM, not here.
For what its worth, earlier today the link went to an IDF site that did indeed admit to "doctoring" the audio clips-or rather admitting that they were both heavily edited and were not actually all from the ship in question. And the link directly above that one coincides with this articles lead.
My guess is there is an interwebs technical issue here, not duplicity.
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