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"Israel has painted itself into a corner": Bildt

The Local · 2 Jun 2010, 12:52

Published: 02 Jun 2010 12:52 GMT+02:00

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Bildt said Sweden strongly condemns the use of violence and demands an immediate, full and independent investigation into how the shootings on the Gaza-bound flotilla, which was carrying aid and activists, could have happened.

"It is important that all this does not degenerate into anti-Israeli hysteria," Bildt told newspapers Dagens Nyheter (DN).

"The Israelis have painted themselves into a corner with a catastrophic policy that leads to one problem after another. It is the world's business to get it out of the corner and try to find to a constructive resolution to this."

Bildt made the comments to DN shortly after a call with Israeli Ambassador Benny Dagan, in which he made clear Sweden's position on the imprisoned Swedish activists.

"Of great importance is also that the Security Council now requires 'immediate release' of the civilians now seized by Israel," Bildt wrote on his blog.

"The requirement is very important and we are now working so that the EU as a whole can work with Israel to resolve this as quickly as possible."

He added, "There is no acceptable legal basis for the current detention of citizens of EU and other countries and the Security Council's statement in this part also indirectly makes this clear to the Israeli authorities."

The best resolution to this affair would be, according to Bildt, a broad agreement that governs relief supplies to Gaza.

"The Israelis have signaled that they would consider a corridor between the port of Ashdod and the Gaza Strip," Bildt told DN.

"I have nothing against the Israelis searching the contents if they want to ensure that no weapons are smuggled in the shipments, but it is important that we have a clear and common understanding that makes it possible to establish new routines, preferably under international supervision, for the Gaza Strip's supply."

In response to whether Sweden should consider former British foreign secretary David Miliband's proposal to boycott goods from the occupied territories, Bildt told DN, "We have already tightened customs regulations on these products. The EU has made clear that our agreement with Israel applies to goods produced inside the 1967 borders, which makes products from the settlements more expensive and less competitive."

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The Israeli government said on Tuesday that it plans to release all of the foreigners who were involved in the Gaza-bound flotilla. Hundreds were expelled on Wednesday.

Swedish author Henning Mankell and three other Swedes who were involved with the flotilla returned to Sweden on Tuesday. Seven others remained in jail at lunchtime on Wednesday.

The six ships in the Freedom Flotilla, carrying more than 700 passengers, were on a mission to deliver some 10,000 tonnes of supplies to Gaza, which has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.

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13:34 June 2, 2010 by Rick Methven
The Israeli's are demanding that those detained to sign a paper saying that they entered Israel illegally in order for them to be released.

Now let me see.

Israel commits an act of piracy on the high seas, captures the ships, tows them into an Israeli port, against the wishes of those on board, puts them into an Israeli jail and then wants them to sign that they entered Israel illegally in order to be released and deported?

These guys are something else.

13:41 June 2, 2010 by Audrian
There is a big gap between people and government in Western capitals. European governments are lackeys of the US; they might shout but would not move a finger without the US saying so. The US is Israel's stooge, because of the power of money that the Jewish lobby in the US commands. A US president would never dare to offend this lobby group by demanding Israel to respect international law and human rights. By telling Israel to investigate itself, President Obama has allowed Israel to report its propaganda and hence cover up.

We can draw a parallel between Israel and Apartheid South Africa. During the Apartheid era Britain, under Mrs. Thatcher, and US, under Mr. Regan, were ardent supporters of apartheid rule. Why? Their respective corporations were making super profit (because wages were artificially depressed)! Israel was an ideological ally of Apartheid. A recent document made available by the present government of South Africa exposed it. Israel even agreed to sell nuclear weapons to Apartheid South Africa, but because of price the transaction did not take place. South Africa made its own bombs instead, probably with the help of Israel. In return Israel got yellow cake and titanium in the amount it demanded for making its nuclear bombs (Guardian Weekly, 28 May, 2010).

In those days it was western civil society that brought Apartheid government to its knees, although the ANC had also eroded Apartheid's fighting ability mostly through civil disobedience and military action. Students in Britain began to withdraw their money from banks that operated in Apartheid South Africa. When the rest of British society began to follow suit, banks realized their positions were not attainable and closed their transactions in Apartheid South Africa. The civil society in the US began to put pressure on the government and Senate. US Senate voted to put sanction on Apartheid South Africa. The Apartheid government fell without much bloodshed.

Zionist rule in Israel is as destructive as Apartheid rule. I think boycotting all Israeli goods can bring (a) religious fundamentalist rule in Israel to an end, (b) independence to Palestinian. Half measure does not solve anything!
13:43 June 2, 2010 by Yoffemichael
My dear friends.

I am from Israel. My heart is broken.

I see news throughout the world and failed in hope to find any mind in the people.

All the world condemn the Israel and nobody in the world cannot say truth, nobody do not want to hear truth. The goal of the ships was send to the Gaza was not to help to the citizens but to make provocation and destroy the peace process which began to growth, with great difficulties but began. We just began negotiations with Palestinians and all is broken now.

Let's do not pay attention to emotions, let's think, and simply think.

How can Israel permit to the ships enter the Gaza without checking them? Who can gave the guarantees that there is no weapon on the ships? May be you did not here that the power in the Gaza belongs to the radical organization that says every day that Israel has no right to existence? May be you did not know that Hamas 8 years sent missile to the south Israel cities. 8 years! The generation of children is growth under the rockets, 8 years mothers afraid when their kids were out of the homes. Where were all these left hypocrites during these 8 years? May be they said that it was because of occupation. OK. We leaved the Gaza - completely! We transferred 13.000 Israel citizens from their homes, their jobs. All Israel people cried, left and rights when we saw this tragedy on TV but we made this. WHY? Because we hoped for peace process. And what we received?

MORE missiles! Where were these left hypocrites? Where were the Irish people? Is anybody condemned Hamas and demanded to stop. NO! Only after our military operation, when we had no choice the rockets attacks stopped, sorry, not stopped, only on the week 7 rockets were sending, but decreased dramatically. And immediately we were ashamed in all the crimes.

So, how can we permit to send the ships without checking? If we permit to one only ship arrive to Gaza, tomorrow dozens of ships will be send and nobody will give guarantees what is on these ships. No any humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Gaza has enough food, medical things, and energy and so on. Dozens of tracks every day supply the Gaza through the Israel border. But we MUST control these tracks because they want to destroy us and build Palestine from Jordan river to the Mediterranean sea.

The Gaza is under great Iran influence, Lebanon is under great Iran influence. Iran president says every day that Israel must be destroyed; Hamas says the same every day, Hezbollah says it every day and it is not a words, they do this. Is any left radical condemned them or demand to stop? NO! Look on the map. 20000 square km- that is all we have. We are absolutely peaceful people, we just want to survive in our country but you do not give us the right to any defense. You do not want to know truth; you do not want to analyze the events in the real light. I cry to all who still have a mind, who still can think - LOOK ON THE FACTS, NOT EMOTIONS.

Mike Yoffe,

13:51 June 2, 2010 by bbeynch
I'm baffled that Bildt is this ignorant. I had thought higher of him, than to fall victim to islamo-fascist and anarchist, propaganda. Israel, like any nation, would be in her right to ensure that the peace thug flotilla did not carry weapons or other contraband into Gaza, and thus had an international right to inspect. Based on the pictures I saw on TV the Israeli soldiers were being lowered on ropes on to the ships, using both hands. It is kind of difficult to shoot a gun when both your hands are hanging on to a rope. Yet I saw these "peace" criminals go on attack with clubs and kicks before the soldiers were even on board ship. Who's the coward here? We all know what Hizb al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin, Ittilaf al-Kheir and IHH(Islan Hklary Ve Hurrieleni Vakfi) thinks. They, of course, want the Israeli population kicked out and deported to Europe and North America and the land turned back to the islamic domain. So all you peace thugs with ulterior motives, save your comments. But I would be curious to hear from other, ordinary, civilized, Europeans on this. Drill it down to this: Does Israel have a right to exist as a sovereign nation, or does she not? The answer to that will separate the men from the boys, or more aptly, the nurishment from the poison.
13:55 June 2, 2010 by Luckystrike
lol, for a micro-second i nealry fell for your BS Mike Yoffe....
13:57 June 2, 2010 by peropaco
@Mike, Don't waste your time trying to make sense with a bunch of headless people. They would rather align themselves with Bin Laden, Hamas, Radical Islam, Mullahs in Afghanistan than to accept Israel existence. From Carl Bildt, the media all the way down to Mona Salihn. Why do you think they give asylum to so many radical elements to come in and kill defenceless old women in parking lots or picking flowers?
13:58 June 2, 2010 by Fishtank
Folks, relax. Nothings wrong gonna happen to israel. In past too they always get away with whetever shite they were upto(for example: Attacked US ship which carried 3 frigging american flags and claimed they did not notice it was US ship and US kept mum on it too for whetever reasons unknown to outside word. )

Palestinians are not Saints on earth either. It need scumbags to deal with scumbags. Good match and good entertainment for the rest of world.

Now Irish ship is going in. More fun in coming days.

Mind boggles.
14:02 June 2, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Yoffemichael

This is nothing to do with the Irish. What are you talking about? There is people from almost every country in Europe on those ships. Stop blaming a country for the actions of a couple of idiots that most in Ireland wish would move to the Middle East and stay there so as to leave us alone.

As for Bildt, he is an imbecile. It is obvious this present Swedish administration has got at least a case of anti-semetic light if not worse.
14:06 June 2, 2010 by Audrian
Re: Yoffemichael,

We are not against Israel's right to exist. What we are against is the cruelty of your governments towards Palestinian children, women and men. Palestinians are cornered people; sending ineffective rockets against Israel is more of a sign of desperation than fighting a war. Give them independence without condition (that is how countries elsewhere got independence) and peace will reign. If you think you are entiled to a religious state, then you have no right to reject a similar claim by Hama or other Palestinians.

My view religion should not be part of politics.
14:15 June 2, 2010 by flintis
Time for the Israeli Goverment to move to Sweden, Malmö would soon be a peacful place again.
14:22 June 2, 2010 by Zevdokat
@ Yoffemichael

I will not try to give any opinion on such matters, as i have not lived through them like yourself and the people of Gaza.

All i can say is that i thank and applaud you for providing the other side of the story. Too many people take the side of the media without looking at the situation subjectively!

Wishing you all the best sir!
14:29 June 2, 2010 by Sara Alex

"destroy the peace process which began to growth" !! you really crack me up !

The so called peace process was prolonged by the Israelis for the last 60 years, i.e. since the establishment of Israel itself !!
14:34 June 2, 2010 by dew_pansy
It was appreciable effort from the people who participated in the ships for humanitarian aid and inhuman people blocked it. for how long time israel will be inhuman.i think they are tryíng to see the dream which can never come true.they are afraid of the world now.because whole world is coming to know their in the destruction of world.they are the enemy of humanity not one nation.killer can kill thousands but time comes when killer is also killed and that time is not so away i think.
14:45 June 2, 2010 by bbeynch
@dew_pansy: Nice, profound poetry. - In the end, tell us dew_pansy, in your opinion, does Israel have a right to exist as a sovereign nation? Or should she be destroyed? This is a Yes or No question. Answer it!
14:45 June 2, 2010 by GLO
Are we back in the 1930's... Any way to kill Jews !!! just look who aids the Anti- Israel promotion. Not to hard to see this comming together World Govts and every person that stands by is part of this.
14:49 June 2, 2010 by olive_tree
Finally the world has started to realise that Israel is a terror country, that does not care for any laws. Hopefully this time europe will not turn the other cheek
14:54 June 2, 2010 by drosophila

The ship Mavi Marmara is loaded in Turkey which is a member of UN and NATO. Turkey and Israel are allies. And most interestingly, the ship Mavi Marmara was loaded in a harbor, which belongs to an Israeli company. This company is also managing inner security of the Harbor with an additional customs security check.

In these circumstances, I do not understand the possibility of carrying weapons. More missiles...

In this photo you can see the novel type of weaponry for Hamas carried by MAvi Marmara: a Pikachu


Best regards to all brainwashed people...
15:00 June 2, 2010 by Rahelli
Israel must defened the countery maybe this day it will be anly aid but the next day they will bring gun so israel is right to do that
15:04 June 2, 2010 by Kevin Harris
There is no one within the Israeli political establishment, the Israeli diplomatic corp or the Israeli militiary who does not privately agree that this has been a complete disaster. Not one. With a blast from an Uzi, Israel instantly made an enemy of it's only Islamic friend in the region, enraged its traditional enemies and disgusted it's traditional friends. On this issue, Israel truly stands alone. Not a good place to be for a small county surrounded by enemies.

Rarely has so much diplomatic and geopolitical damage been caused by a few cowardly young soldiers and their Uzis. Newspaper editorials, even from traditional supporters across the globe, are damning. Propaganda from the pencil necked, worm tongues doing PR for the state of Isreal is more and more desperate and seems to have lost touch with reality. Just watch CNN, or read the posts here for evidence of that.

And the real heat hasn't even started yet. Yet to come are six hundred horror stories waiting to be told. Ten funerals. More ships, One Israeli whitewash enquiry, one real UN enquiry. High level militiary resignations. Political resignations, perhaps including Netanyahu. Crimininal prosecutions for murder and piracy, Civil damages claims. US pressure to get Gaza sorted out once and for all. Reduced US funding and militiary aid. Calls for the nuclear disarmament of Israel, etc. A perfect storm of Isreali humiliation and Isreali nightmares all come true togethor.

The more savvy amongst the Isreali political elite are already fighting for their lives. Soon they will turn on one another in a glorious blame game. We all get what we deserve in the end. Fasten your seatbelts Israeli propaganda purveyors here (yes, we know who you are; it's obvious), it's going to be a bumpy ride.
15:05 June 2, 2010 by europeman31
Stop making lame execusing for killing and genociding innocent civilians . Israel should be banned, Block ..

Israel and Peace and Oxymoron .
15:08 June 2, 2010 by Nemesis
@ olive_tree

I noticed a lack of condemnation of Hamas from you regarding firing thousands of rockets into Israel.

Also do you condemn Iran's leader stating Israel should be wiped of the face of the earth.
15:25 June 2, 2010 by Valdemaratterdag
I, for one, will increase my purchase of goods from Israel, as a response to all those who are boycotting Israel.
15:30 June 2, 2010 by swedishninja
From NYTIMES - T. Friedman. THIS SUMS IT UP.

I have no problem with Turkey or humanitarian groups loudly criticizing Israel. But I have a big problem when people get so agitated by Israel's actions in Gaza but are unmoved by Syria's involvement in the murder of the prime minister of Lebanon, by the Iranian regime's killing of its own citizens demonstrating for the right to have their votes counted, by Muslim suicide bombers murdering nearly 100 Ahmadi Muslims in mosques in Pakistan on Friday and by pro-Hamas gunmen destroying a U.N.-sponsored summer camp in Gaza because it wouldn't force Islamic fundamentalism down the throats of children. That concern for Gaza and Israel's blockade is so out of balance with these other horrific cases in the region that it is not surprising Israelis dismiss it as motivated by hatred - not the advice of friends.
15:31 June 2, 2010 by glamshek
Why should nt Israel be wiped off the map of the world? Any good reason? Their whole population supports the terror. Their whole population diverts funds. Tjheir whole population has been a traditional rebel. Their whole population has been involved in treasons over the years. Their whole population has been condemned. ANy good reason that at least those in Israel not be wiped off. This insidous root gets support from so much rotten chickheads around the world. Biggest supporters being in US
15:38 June 2, 2010 by europeman31
@swedishninja You are just making lame execuses like yours other terror supporters of Israel.

We should send Nato to Israel , to teach them a lesson
15:41 June 2, 2010 by bbeynch
@glamshek: Aren't you glad you are free to make such comments? Do you think that the equivalent comment would even be permitted in whatever, fundamentalist, hell hole you saw the light of day? Let's try to do that in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Egypt, and so forth. Freedom of expression is a wonderful thing, don't you think? Even expressions that are offensive to some. Such as yours is to me. But I will fight for your right to say it. Would you also fight for my right to say offensive things in Iran and Pakistan? This is a Yes or No question glamshek. - Wiped off the map???
15:41 June 2, 2010 by peropaco
@glamshek, With your above comments, you are sure to get some politicians, the editors or the local, SVT and slightly overweight uneducated Swedish girls really horny.
15:42 June 2, 2010 by swedishninja
Come on Europeman...I am not making excuses. There is an obvious double standard.
15:53 June 2, 2010 by Roy E
The many posts here supporting the Palestinians show how many people are completely lost - morally bankrupt and with scales on their eyes.

The only sympathy due Palestinians is that they are being used as pawns by the Israel-hating sheiks, mullahs, terrorist sympathizers, and the genocide obsessed.

Where is the outrage for the equivalent Egyptian policies towards Gaza? Actually the Egyptians are far more severe and heartless - even without the rockets being launched at them.

There are none so blind as those who will not see. Israel-basher's hearts are in a very, very dark place. They have lost the ability to discern right from wrong, good from evil, and up from down. Israel is not the bad guy here. This is little more than a manufactured propaganda campaign- in which anti-Semites use the Palestinian people as pawns and cannon fodder. It's shameful that Swedish politicians play the evil game of supporting the likes of Hamas and Hezbollah. It's willful blindness.
16:07 June 2, 2010 by glamshek
Please don't play the cards of 'freedom of expression'.

Supporting the damned US against Iran is a very big FoE. You don't like Iran's Islamic system which has got the poeple's support but you love the greedy unIslamic Iranians who want to go to the bastions of FoE. The same FoE who once plundered Iran...Did you forget it so quick. The same FoE who was against the same Iranians in its own country for the sake of nothing but OIL. American Supporting Israel against the weak Palestinians is a very big FoE. Supporting bans on Hijab is a very big FoE. Supporting ban on minarets is a big FoE (Switzerland). Supporting Israel against Hezbollah is a big FoE. By the way did I ever say that I support Taliban, LeT, Al-Qaeda.... These like-minded chokers of FoE are also the friends of US,ISrael and its clan. You are oones who will choke Iran's right to peaceful nuclear technology but will support Israel's covert and perverted Atomic bombs.... You talk of FoE. It is a big pity. Just place your home in order first.
16:35 June 2, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Don't worry Carl, Israel will just walk right out of your blue and yellow striped decor, because they don't give a ---- about the Swede's opinion.

The way the worlds lapdog media has fallen in favor of this political stunt waged by these Gazan supporters is still shocking.
16:38 June 2, 2010 by bbeynch
I rest my case glamshek. Nothing else need to be said.
16:58 June 2, 2010 by Hagrid
Looks like the truth is finally beginning to surface, regarding what kind of people were on the boat.

We have all seen the video of the mob on the boat trying to lynch the troops. Not to our surprise, it now turns out that at least three of the nine fatalities declared their wishes to become shahids (martyrs), a declaration we often heard from suicide bombers. One of them was actually quoted saying to his family before leaving for the sail, "I am going to be a shahid; I dreamt I will become a shahid - I saw in a dream that I will be killed". Well, looks like he did his best to get his wish, and succeeded... Additionally, a Dutch activist who was arrested by the IDF, is considered to be a senior Hamas operative.

Now these reports come not from Israel's press releases, but actually from the Turkish and Dutch media, so you can't suspect that to be Israeli propaganda.

Well, there goes the "massacre-of-innocent-unarmed-peace-activists" theory out the window.
17:35 June 2, 2010 by planethero
Im pretty neutral in all this, but the root problem is that ten people were killed. Tear gas, tazers etc, there are lots of ways to create force without inflicting death, use your brains to overpower the ship. And dont do it in international waters because then you are pirates! Dummies!
17:47 June 2, 2010 by Audrian
I think we should focus on the subject in mind, namely the murdering of human right warriors in international water, which is an affront to human decency. Instead of wasting our time justifying our actions we should discuss how to bring it to an end once for all.

The crime being committed by Arab elite rulers, who are also co-conspirators, e.g., Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, is another subject, which in its own merit should be discussed on another occasion. Whether Israel is harming its interest by its action is also another subject which its citisens would need to ponder.

The subject today is that Israel has committed human right crime, which if this fact is hashed once again it will accumulate and come back to haunt humanity in big way. Since the Second World War, 22 genocide crimes have been committed in the world. The last one was the murder of one million Tutsis by Hutu majority in 1995. I think the time has come to boycott all Israeli goods until Israel gives Palestinians their freedom on 1967 boarder without any condition attached.
19:12 June 2, 2010 by Kevin Harris

The trainee worm tongues who post here know very well that if they stick to the issues, murder, piracy and kidnapping in international waters, Israel has no moral or legal defence at all.

Led on by the professional worm tongues that guide them, they try to distract posters away from these issues and suggest that Israel was provoked by 600 terrorists, and call anyone who disagrees with them paid-up members of Al Qaeda who want to see Israel burn.

It's all pathetically desperate stuff and actually quite sad to see how they grasp even the thinest straw to save what's left of Israel's international reputation. Take a look at poor Hagrid's post at #33 for example. Who on earth do they think they are trying to convince? Themselves I suppose. The best bit is the mutual masterbation they give one another. "Good post Corneleus", "Quite right Roy E"
19:26 June 2, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Planethero: If you think the root problem is 10 people were killed, you have a very "fresh" view of how problem solving actually works.

The facts about what really happened leading up to and during the raid are coming out, and making the all too predictable international knee-jerk reaction against Israel look pretty sophmoric.
19:40 June 2, 2010 by pintoflex
@Rick Methven

I see your name way to often on the comments section. is it possible you're being paid by Hammas or other Islamic groups to seat all day and lash at the pro Israeli comm enters?

Grab a Mankell book and go enjoy the sun a little, you unbiased freedom fighter you.
20:12 June 2, 2010 by saab
To Glamshek, Kronaboy, Audrian, Rick M and other assorted exorcised Hamas supporters... will you celebrate when a missile lands on a school in Sderot or will you come out with the same passion you seem to express whenever the name Israel appears? How about a repeat of the Sbarro pizza bombing? Will you clink glasses of champagne? And Glamshek, your posting #24 reads like a latter day version of Mein Kampf. How nuts are you really? Proposing the destruction of an entire country and all its people... where do you think this kind of fascistic fantasy leads? Do you have any sense of responsibility for the bile that you spew forth? And Miss Sara Alex, you posted recently that Israel was founded on terrorism and is a terrorist state. Seems to me that you must have missed the call of the pro Nazi Jerusalem Mufti to wipe the Jews out (and the British collaboration with him) way back there in 1946-8. Of course, the US must be a terrorst state. Afterall, look what it did to the American Indian ("Native American") population to say nothing of Korean and Vietnam.

Oh, and just one more thought. Let's just say that Israel goes back to 1967 borders and then is summarily isolated, quartered, and destroyed. The Middle East, if not the world, made Judenrein, the way Glamshek wants it. What will this say about the world as we know it? Bildt will get to stay in his current job or get a mighty fine University position. And the rest of us? Who do we pick on then?

Thanks to bbeynch, hagrid, peropaco, swedishninja and others. And no my dear friends, we have not yet cashed in our IDF checks yet. Have you cashed in your Saudi payments yet?
20:20 June 2, 2010 by glamshek
The question is that if you cannot even spare innocent children, how can you care for anything else. Isn't it senseless? And how come you will not support Israel? Of course someone like you can support Israel.
23:38 June 2, 2010 by anticommie
This video shows the violent acts of the so-called peace protestors!

Go to youtube and type in "israeli soldiers attacked video", this site blocks the video because knowing the truth will hurt you in sweden. Bunch of damn communist.

Your left wing wacko news wont show this.
00:50 June 3, 2010 by saab
@Glamshek: What the heck are you saying? One million Jewish children were murdered by the Nazis, so DONT FREAKIN TELL US THAT WE (Israelis? Jews? Me?) "CANNOT EVEN SPARE INNOCENT CHILDREN". Or were you referring to the voice that you hear in your head commanding you to say things? You know, the voice of Adolph Hitler that waxes and wanes depending on how well you are medicated?
09:22 June 3, 2010 by Kronaboy

"There is a big gap between people and government in Western capitals. European governments are lackeys of the US; they might shout but would not move a finger without the US saying so. The US is Israel's stooge, because of the power of money that the Jewish lobby in the US commands. A US president would never dare to offend this lobby group by demanding Israel to respect international law and human rights. By telling Israel to investigate itself, President Obama has allowed Israel to report its propaganda and hence cover up."

Actually is that quite true. AIPAC tells us how powerful it is (and indeed during the cold war it may have had considerable sway over US policy) but is it any more powerful than the Saudi lobby? After all the Israeli's have cost and continue to cost the USA tax payer an absolute fortune, were as the Saudi's are one of their biggest financiers, yet they have never once used their influence to support the Palestinians, in fact if take a historical perspective we discover they were essential in the creation of Israel. I wonder if the fact that the Hashemite's and the Saudi's are of Jewish decent has anything to do with it? I personally feel that USA policy has more to do with the Bible Belt, (they want Jesus to come back) let's see you win an election without their support? What has been of interest is that American top brass is now openly criticizing US policy, I guess the ever increasing numbers of Latin and African American soldiers are a lot harder to convince that they should have their head shot off to support the lifestyles of a bunch of rich Europeans in the middle east?
09:22 June 3, 2010 by flintis
Go to the following link and see how "peaceful" the " activists" were. Obviously did not greet the Israelis' with open arms & were well prepared for an intervention, & as usual claim to be innocent.

09:24 June 3, 2010 by Kronaboy

Your holocaust has fu#k all to do with us, you got a chip on your shoulder about the holocaust take it up with Angela Merkel and her European chums, and stop using it as an excuse to justify the murder of my innocent brothers and sisters.
09:25 June 3, 2010 by flintis
Now I'm off to the supermarket to buy some Israeli figs, dates & hopefully some citrus fruit. If ICA don't sell them I'll advocate a boycott until they do.
10:13 June 3, 2010 by mysticbumwipe
"There is no acceptable legal basis for the current detention of citizens of EU and other countries ...."

Well said Carl Bildt. At last a politician standing up for the rue of law when the transgressor is Israel. This regrettably is very rare.

Israel is acting illegally yet again and the USA and the UK can only respond with weak weasly words of 'regret ' and 'concern'.
10:57 June 3, 2010 by Nemesis
@ mysticbumwipe

So you think it is acceptable to refuse to go through customs.

Please produce a statement from a representative of any country that considers it acceptable to bypass its customs.
12:48 June 3, 2010 by Kronaboy
The first reports from the news reporters on board the Turkish Ship are coming in, it transpires the first person to be shot was a Turk attempting to fend off (with water from a water hose) IDF forces boarding by boat, he was shot in the arm. The first Turk to be shot dead, was shot directly in the top of his skull, apparently IDF forces pointed their weapons from port holes in the helicopter and randomly sprayed the deck. So contrary to IDF claims, the actual shooting started before the first solider illegally landed on Turkish soil. Apparently one of the Turks who was throwing tomatoes at IDF was first shot and then while lying helpless on the deck murdered with shot to the head. I also understand 3 of dead died on board 3 hours after they were shot despite demands by the Captain they be medi vaced.
13:50 June 3, 2010 by Kronaboy
It transpires a member of the Knesset, who was on board during the armed invasion of Sovereign Turkish territory, also requested in their native language the 3 wounded Turkish Civilians (who were left to die of their wounds) be given medical assistance.
15:31 June 3, 2010 by bongo8
Carl Bildt can come and sick my Israeli duck.
20:38 June 3, 2010 by saab
@Kronagirl 45. If you do not want to own any part of the Holocaust... fine but Jews have lived in Palestine since before your ancestors crawled out of their caves. And if you only want to own what's local, then own the bombers of the Sbarro pizza parlor, own the rocket launchers of Gaza, own the Islamic fundamentalists who would kill your sister if she looked the wrong way. Own it, my friend, it's your ilk. You can have those 'brothers and sisters' but you own the whole package.

To live in a world in which you think the Holocaust was a European problem is not only naive, it is frankly boorish. But if that is your mentality, then why should the international community including Sweden give a flying F-CK about one dumb boat filled with radicals? You can have your Gaza but no one owwes you anything (or at least not until your Hamas brethern act like something other than murderous animals... and that is the Fatah viewpoint!)
09:29 June 4, 2010 by Kronaboy

Your holocaust has fu#k all to do with us, you got a chip on your shoulder about the holocaust take it up with Angela Merkel and her European chums, and stop using it as an excuse to justify the murder of my innocent brothers and sisters.

To everyone else they can follow the link to an example of IDF's idea of a Hamas militant:

18:50 June 4, 2010 by ali_bin_umar
It is only TIME which decides what is good and what is bad. Even war's ethic forbid intentional killing of civilians as done by Israels. The boats mechanism could have been destroyed in order to stop them instead of droping the commandos onboard with guns. It was 100% ,without any doubt, premediated killings of civilians.

Let the TIME takes its course to witness the fall of murderer. The writer viewpoints should transcends any religion or race, but not true in this article
19:49 June 4, 2010 by Kronaboy


I have heard a number of people mention they wish to boycott unethical companies, may I suggest Com-Hem which is now unfortunately a part of the Carlyle group.

Peace to every one and I hope you all remember to have a wonderful weekend with your children:

06:35 June 5, 2010 by iview
The obtuse response to Israeli interdiction of blockade intrusions is to voice outright condemnation of Israel. The record shows the true situation, however antagonistic to the facts may be to a reactionary media.

The Gaza flotilla is a public attempt to challenge the integrity of Israeli home security. Imports into Palestine are via a designated port that allows orderly examination of goods and transport vehicles to exclude materials that can be used to escalate violence. This is because of constant attempts to import weapons and war materials into Palestine, often successfully, by powerful regional governments determined to destroy the people of Israel, supporters of the Gaza rule of Hamas forces.

A secure Israel would be better able to promote regional stability and prosperity, not an Israel where the community is in constant fear of attack by an intransigent enemy that remains publicly sworn to its violent extermination.
11:55 June 5, 2010 by Kronaboy


Reports have just arrived MV Rachel Corrie has been illegally boarded by IDF fascists, may I invite all my brothers to recite a short prayer for our Martyred Sister Rachel Corrie and the 111 children poisoned while gold mining in Nigeria.

13:48 June 6, 2010 by iview
Despite activists' militant rhetoric, peace prevails, thanks to good work by Israeli Defence Forces. Now the ship's cargo can be unloaded, inspected and then, if Hamas permits, processed for orderly dispatch to Gaza.
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