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Monday, 7 June 2010

Turkish response is odd on #Israel

Now, ABC Australia's headline may point to a refusal to calls for an international investigation, but what is new there: this is what interests me most in the coverage of ABC Australia, which I listen to via PodCast:

"BRENDAN TREMBATH: Israel maintains a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip because it wants to weaken the grip of the militant group Hamas and get back a captured Israeli soldier.

Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu understands why Israel maintains the blockade but he's angry about the deaths of nine Turkish nationals who were trying to bring aid supplies into Gaza.

AHMET DAVUTOGLU: One of the reasons why Israel is implementing blockade against Gaza is Gilad Shalit case. One Israeli soldier was captured by Hamas in 2006. For last four years Israel made it an important case and we respect this but they also should respect to our request - why our nine citizens were killed in international waters?

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Basic goods including canned tuna, tea and coffee are allowed in but the Israelis have banned building materials such as steel pipes which they say could be used to make weapons.

The Middle East envoy Tony Blair has told CNN that Israel is justified in trying the stop weapons being brought in."

in reference to:

"Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu understands why Israel maintains the blockade but he's angry about the deaths of nine Turkish nationals who were trying to bring aid supplies into Gaza."
- The World Today - Israel rejects calls for international inquiry 07/06/2010 (view on Google Sidewiki)

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