Israel PM Scraps US Visit over Gaza Crisis

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Israel PM Scraps US Visit over Gaza Crisis: Israel PM Scraps US Visit over Gaza Crisis A right wing Jewish man displays a sign reading 'Well Done IDF' while waving an Israeli flag close to the port in Ashdod. A flotilla of several ships heading to Gaza were boarded by Israeli comandos earlier with considerable loss of life. Photo by BGNES

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in Canada, has cancelled his visit to Washington on Tuesday to return to Israel, BBC reports Monday, citing Israeli officials.

Netanyahu, who was scheduled to meet with US President, Barack Obama, is going back home to deal with the crisis in the region caused by an attack of Israeli commandos, who stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, killing between 15 and 19 people.

The Israeli PM declared earlier his "full backing" for the military involved in the raid.

The White House, on their part, said the US "deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained" in the storming of the aid ship and US officials are "currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragedy."

Meanwhile, the Israeli radio, quoting Turkish diplomatic sources, informed that all 15 casualties are Turkish citizens.

Other reports list the number of victims at 19.

Israeli officials also say that only one of the six ships has been problematic – the Turkish ferry “Mavi Marmara,” sailing under a Turkish flag and chartered by an Islamic NGO based in Istanbul, which Tel Aviv insist is part of the terrorist group Hamas.

The Israeli commandos had tried to check only “Mavi Marmara” where they were attacked with axes, knives, bars and at least two guns, according to Israeli reports.

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry announced that two Bulgarian journalists have been arrested in the attack.

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NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 22:33:01

Turkey is indeed drifting towards radical Islam and de facto has become part of the Axis of evil together with Iran and Syria. I think Israel should openly assist the Kurdish rebels to establish their own state in Turkey just the way Turkey is helping Hamas. Israel should support a resolution condemning Turkey for the massacre of 1.5 Million Christian Armenian by the fanatic Muslim Turks in 1915.

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NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 20:23:30

Ships into Gaza routinely have rockets to lob into Isreali school yards.

Historically, when asked about such activities, the ship captains always deny it, but later it is found that rockets were aboard.

So Isreael decided to check it out for themselves.

They were attacked by the peace lovers, rather than peacefully being allowed to look around and inspect the ship.

If these were truly peace lovers on a peace mission, they would have peacefully let the Israelis check the ship peacefully.

Then in the interests of peace, the inspection would have revealed a lot of peace lovers transferring peaceful items to the peace-loving people of Palestine.

On finding such a plethora of peace, the Israelis would have peacefully left the ship.

Unfortunately none of that happened.

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