Despite the Israeli government?s thorough efforts to confiscate all footage taken during the attack, Iara Lee was able to retain some of her recordings. Above is 15 minutes of footage from the moments leading up to and during the Israeli commandos? assault on the Mavi Marmara.
Turkey’s prime minister on Thursday strengthened his emerging role as a leader in the Islamic world, basking in the applause of Arab leaders as he unleashed invective against Israel and questioned Washington’s dominance at a summit in the one-time seat of the Ottoman Empire.
It may take months of intense work but both Israel and Turkey have a vested interest in rebuilding ties after the Gaza flotilla assault, a former head of Israel’s foreign intelligence agency said on Thursday.
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Oliver Scanlan
On Friday, US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates said that the US was ?disappointed? with Turkey?s decision on Wednesday to vote against further sanctions on Iran. Gates went on to emphasise that US-Turkey military ties would not be affected, referring to Ankara as a ?decades-long ally? of the US and saying that ?allies don?t always agree?. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting of NATO defence ministers, Gates also said that the world had time to allow the tougher sanctions package to stall Iran?s nuclear programme.
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Joel Schalit and Keith Kahn-Harris
?The middle east?s only democracy?. Anyone who follows the politics of the region – and even many who don?t – will undoubtedly be familiar with the term. There?s only one country it refers to and that country is Israel. The claim has been made across the six decades of Israel?s existence as a state, but it seems if anything to become more vociferous at times when the prospect of Israeli-Palestinian peace is at its most remote.
Now it?s done. The UN Security Council approved new sanctions against Iran over its suspected nuclear program. The White House must be satisfied, as it was able to gather the Permanent Five together on what it sees as a crucial resolution. Whether it is strong enough to have an effect is open to debate.
I have just read an interesting book on Israel: ?Will Israel Survive?? It was written by Mitchell G. Bard and is a passionate defense of Israel and everything it has done. It tries to legitimize everything Israel does, and it?s quite interesting to understand the mentality and psychology of some people who unconditionally support every action of the Israeli state.
I can?t say I was surprised when I read Joshua Teitelbaum?s piece ?Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel? in The Guardian on Tuesday. For some time now rather similar pieces have been published regarding Turkey in the American and European press, under the direction of the Israeli lobby.
?Now, after the coward attack in international waters carried out by Israeli military against the fleet of humanitarian aid to Gaza? saysMaria Frô [pt], ?again [the movie-maker Sílvio] Tendler manifests? in an open letter to the Israeli government.
Turkey, seething with anger after an Israeli raid on an aid ship bound for Gaza, hosts leaders from Russia, Iran, the Arab world and beyond this week for a Eurasian security summit that may further isolate Israel.