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  • Netanyahu pledges to defend Marmara commandos

    September 4, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel will defend its soldiers, accused by Turkey of unlawfully murdering its citizens aboard a Gaza-bound flotilla, “in every forum.”

    “We need not apologize for the fact that naval commandos defended their lives against an...

  • Israel will not apologize to Turkey, despite Clinton request

    August 17, 2011 | 8:43 am

    Israel will hold fast to its decision not to apologize to Turkey for its raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla ship, despite a direct request from the United States, Israeli officials reportedly said.

    Israeli media are citing unnamed Israeli officials as saying that Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • U.N.’s Mavi Marmara report postponed again

    July 25, 2011 | 10:13 am

    The United Nations deferred the release of its findings on Israel’s deadly seizure of a gazaGaza-bound Turkish ship to give Jerusalem and Ankara more time to mend fences.

    An inquiry set up by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had been due to publish a report on the 2010 Mavi...

  • Flotilla organizers accusing Israel of sabotaging second ship

    June 30, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Organizers of the Gaza-bound flotilla accused Israel of sabotaging a second ship, though they have no proof of this claim.

    The engine of the Irish-flagged ship “Saoirse” was seriously damaged Wednesday while docked in Turkey’s territorial waters, Haaretz reporter Amira Hass, who is...

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  • Israel drops threats to journalists who participate in Gaza flotilla

    June 27, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli authorities to formulate a special procedure for journalists who are arrested on board the Gaza flotilla.

    The order Monday came a day after the head of Israel’s Government Press Office threatened to deny entry to the country for ten...

  • Halt Gaza flotilla, Israel’s Security Cabinet orders military

    June 27, 2011 | 11:14 am

    Israel’s Security Cabinet ordered the Israel Defense Forces to prevent the upcoming flotilla to Gaza from reaching the coastal strip.

    The inner cabinet, which is made up of senior members, on Monday also directed the Foreign Ministry to continue its diplomatic efforts to stop the...

  • Israel threatens journalists who participate in Gaza flotilla

    June 27, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Journalists who participate in the flotilla to Gaza could face sanctions, including a ban from Israel for 10 years.

    The head of Israel’s Government Press Office threatened the ban in a letter sent Sunday to Israel-based foreign journalists.

    “As the Director of the Government Press...

  • Mavi Marmara won’t sail in next Gaza flotilla

    June 17, 2011 | 10:40 am

    The Turkish ship that was the scene of bloodshed during a 2010 Israeli raid will not be sailing in a planned flotilla to Gaza.

    The Mavi Marmara will not participate in the flotilla aimed at breaking Israel’s sea blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory. IHH, the Turkish Islamic...

  • Netanyahu to UN Chief: Upcoming Gaza flotilla must be stopped

    April 1, 2011 | 8:23 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday to stop the impending flotilla that is supposed to set sail to the Gaza Strip in May.

    The Israeli prime minister told the UN Chief that the flotilla is being organized by extreme Islamists that are...

  • Two new flotillas to head to Gaza

    January 24, 2011 | 11:10 am

    Two more flotillas will attempt to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, organizers said.

    The new convoys, organized by the Free Gaza movement and the Turkish pro-Palestinian organization IHH, will leave in the spring and have been dubbed Freedom Flotilla 2, according to reports. An...

  • Bibi Should Have Gone to Washington

    By David Suissa

    May 31, 2010 | 2:34 pm

    It’s indicative of Israel’s PR acumen—or lack thereof—that when a crisis strikes, the reflex of the leadership is to head for the bunker. The Flotilla fiasco will go down as one of Israel’s biggest PR disasters. This was no Israeli commando raid in response to years of...

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