On June 1, 2010, the day after the Gaza flotilla incident in which nine Turkish militants were killed after attacking Israeli soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara, famed reporter Helen Thomas didn’t hide her opinions about Israel in a briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
The International Criminal Court prosecutor said she would open a preliminary examination into the 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, which left nine Turkish activists dead.
Israel is no stranger to international condemnation. Although the Israeli people, who are often characterized as “resilient” and “tough,” normally earn that appellation in the context of returning to normal life following some horrific event, some explain their impermeable exteriors as being more the product of a seemingly un-ending series of censures than surviving in a bad neighborhood.
Several Israeli government websites crashed on Sunday in what appeared to be a cyber-attack by hackers. The websites of the IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet security services were among the sites that went down, as well as several government portals and ministries.
Turkey said on Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year's Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former ally.
One ship from a flotilla that aimed to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip has managed to set sail.
Israeli President Shimon Peres thanked his Greek counterpart for his country's help in stopping a flotilla bound for Gaza.
The first wave of Palestinian protesters who hoped to fly into Ben Gurion International Airport were mostly prevented from boarding planes in European airports.
A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek Coast Guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek Coast Guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.
The Canadian ship "Tahrir", participating in the flotilla to Gaza, attempted to depart Monday from the Greek port of Piraeus, but was intercepted by the Greek coast guard shortly after departure.
J Street and Americans for Peace Now are expressing concerns about the possibility of violence between Israel and the latest Gaza flotilla.
Israel's Navy is preparing to intercept the pro-Palestinian flotilla due to set sail for the Gaza Strip from Mediterranean ports later this week.
Six Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ensure the safety of the American citizens who join the Gaza flotilla.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli authorities to formulate a special procedure for journalists who are arrested on board the Gaza flotilla.
Israel's Security Cabinet ordered the Israel Defense Forces to prevent the upcoming flotilla to Gaza from reaching the coastal strip.
Journalists who participate in the flotilla to Gaza could face sanctions, including a ban from Israel for 10 years.
The Greek government is trying to stop its citizens from joining an international flotilla that will try to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli commission of inquiry into the Israeli Navy's interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla found that the naval blockade of Gaza does not break international law.
Israel will not apologize to Turkey for the interception of and loss of life on board a Gaza-bound ship.