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Israel says will not apologize to Turkey and will not accept an international investigation into the freedom flotilla’s attack, these stories and more are coming up stay Tuned.
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Right wing Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that Israel will not accept an international investigation into its military attack on the Freedom Flotilla in the International water on Monday.
Lieberman added that Israel is able to carry an investigation on its own and may accept to have an international monitor only and added that Israel will not allow the boat Rachel Corrie to arrive to Gaza. Lieberman’s comments come inline with statements made by U.S president Barack Obama who suggested an Israeli probe into this deadly attack with an American observer.
Rachel Corrie is the seventh boat of the flotilla and is expected to arrive to Gaza shores on Saturday if not intercepted by the Israeli navy.
While Lieberman said that Israel will not apologize to Turkey, the Turkish Prime Minster Receb Tayyip Erdogan told Obama that’s Israel risks loosing its best friend in the Middle East.
Israel has released all the detained member of the flotilla including the four Palestinian _ Israelis whose detention was first extended for few more days. The Israeli court released them on bail today and prevented them to leave the country for 45 days.
Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic movement in Israel who was among the Released four, said as Israeli soldier attempted to assassinate him during the raid, on the boat and hot someone else.
In the meantime, Hanin Z’oby an Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, who was on board of Marmara boat was given a security detail after receiving a number of death threats for being part of the flotilla. Z’oby was also interrupted by some Knesset member on Wednesday who demanded to deport her to Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile the Arab Foreign Ministers who were meeting in Cairo on Wednesday decided to go to the General Assembly of the United Nations regarding the Israeli attack on the humanitarian aid convoy in the Mediterranean. On his part, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesperson of Hamas said this decision is very disappointing adding that the Arab leaders are escaping their responsibility which should be focused on lifting the four-year siege imposed on Gaza by at least Permanently opening the Rafah border crossing to allow much needed supplies to the coastal enclave.
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