PM cancels White House meeting due to Gaza flotilla events
Roni Sofer, agencies
Published: 31.05.10, 17:17
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1. Not going to be humiliated by Obama is a very good idea
Alan ,   SA   (05.31.10)
2. Send Turkish PM the Bill for the Operation!
David P. ,   Central Coast, USA   (05.31.10)
Turkey is financially responsible for the entire operation including the ammunition used by the commandos.
3. Appeasement and weakness breeds this
Marcel ,   Florida   (05.31.10)
Israel's failure to defeat Hamas in 2009 brings us to this latest mess. All of Israel's goodwill and appeasement for a non existent peace has had the opposite effect. It has only been seen as weakness and defeatist by everyone. Even one time friend and ally Turkey has dumped the retreating,defeatist Israel and united with Israel's enemies for the final kill. The script 'Blame Israel' is one thing the damned world agrees upon. It would be wise to return the concept of victory to the vocabulary of the IDF and remove the loser politicians who are always apologizing and appeasing everyone.
4. No Jews bows before Obamimam!
5. What a cowardly leader !
Salma ,   Palestine   (05.31.10)
6. Good; an answer to prayer
Steve   (05.31.10)
Why meet with this Israel-hater in the first instance? So the Jews can help his and his accomplices political prospects in the upcoming November elections, even as the oil gushes all over the Gulf? If Americans were intelligent, they would realize this man has brought and is bringing disaster - environmental and otherwise - on America.
7. pm cancels white house visit
moron ,   galut   (05.31.10)
cant count on u.s. anymore-good decision but should have cancelled after npt betrayal by BHO
8. Mr. Harper
John ,   Canada   (05.31.10)
Will you be making a statement? Canada is awaiting with bated breath your expected statement that this was "a proportionate response". Just as you did when Israel killed 8 Canadians (among 1200 other civilians) and endangered 13,000 other Canadians in Lebanon when israel attacked that country in revenge for the deaths of just 7 of its soldiers.
9. Surrender to terrorists?
Shalom ,   U.S.A.   (05.31.10)
Israel is the only country on this planet which is allowed to act in selfdefense. Not even when they attacked with knives and guns!
10. it wont help anyway... the blockade on the civilians in gaza
eporue ,   europe   (05.31.10)
will fall now... the settlements too... whatever they tried to delay talks, this incident will speed everything up...
11. Excellent news!!!
flyingdoc57 ,   Florida, U.S.A.   (05.31.10)
I've been gritting my teeth for the past week in anger over Netanyahu's plan to meet with our Muslim-in-Chief. And, as if by an act of Hashem, this happens. Whoever doesn't believe in G-D and miracles is a fool. As for the U.N. meeting today, all I can say is....YYAAAWWWWNNNNN, here comes Israel-bashing resolution number sixty eight thousand five hundred forty nine. Big F-ing deal. Does the security council really have to "meet" for this? Why don't they simply issue the next 500 resolutions today, and let Israel "earn" them one by one? They can even call them "Green" resolutions beacuse of how much fuel and electricity would be saved by being able to avoid the next 500 meetings. Kudos to IDF and Israel Navy for a job well done. But for the next flotilla, please don't put yourselves in danger. Just torpedo the damned ships, take no prisoners, make no apologies, and throw a victory parade. That'll still leave 499 U.N. resolutions 'in the bank'.
12. I think "peace activists" were Turkish Trained Fighters
Alan ,   SA   (05.31.10)
-unarmed combat types who were "interspersed " among the other Peaceful Passengers When the killed and wounded will be counted it will be shown to be a Turkish Show!100%.! Some were probably armed as well. Israel expected a Gumbaya Group conveying crayons and baby milk As they abseiled on the decks they were beaten with Irin Pipes and Lynched If Israeli Commandos hadnt opened fire, Im positive EVERYONE would have been murdered and the Helicopter would have been downed in the sea I sincerely wish all our boys a REFUAH SHLEIMAH -my heart is with you .
13. Good Job IDF!
K.O'Neil ,   UK   (05.31.10)
Oh right so the Idf are meant to let hamas recieve weapons to use against Israli citizens, gimme a break. I would fight for Israel!!!
14. #10 agreed
Israel Israeli ,   Tel Aviv   (05.31.10)
The extreme Left always said that with a retreat from Gaza Israel would have legitimacy to defend herself when Hamas took over. Of course, they were wrong. Israel should change the rules of the game. Allow unlimited shipping into Gaza, but prevent any passage of people and goods through the 1948 border. A real humanitarian crisis will ensue as thousands of Jihad activists pour into Gaza with their weapons. Mubarak will be helpless to stop Jihad support for the Brotherhood and soon Israel will be rid of his presence. Hamas will eliminate Fayyad and Abbas. Obama will have to bomb Gaza to protect his ships from Iranian missiles. Israel will have no choice but to move Jews from "otef Gaza" to Judea and Samaria. Even the extreme Left in Israel will have to admit that the Oslo accords were a failure.
15. Even if Attacked as israeli soldiers CLAIM!!!
Mark ,   Netherlands   (05.31.10)
Even if the israel soldiers were attacked with iron bars, there are 20 different means of defense. Rubber bullets, tear gas...the list goes on. There is NO excuse to kill.
16. The IDF says it was attacked.
Rick Methven ,   Sweden   (05.31.10)
The IDF says we where attacked.LOL The Israel drops troops armed to the teeth on to an unarmed ship in INTERNATIONAL waters and kills 10 and says that THEY where attacked. NATO, the Chinese and everybody else sends war ships to the gulf to protect shipping from Somali pirates but EXACTLY the same sort of act by Israel is self defense?. Time to blockade Israel and board every ship going in or out of Israeli ports and see how they like it
17. face mask to evade war crime pursuance
observer   (05.31.10)
the soldier in the photo on board of ship with Turkey's flag is in Uniform, but why he is putting mask on his face? a moment earlier before the shot, that gun he carry was concealed.
18. Obama won't be able to kiss Bibi's bum
Noodles ,   Coney Island   (05.31.10)
19. the minimum what bibi should have done yet, is to officially
eporue ,   europe   (05.31.10)
regret and apologize for the bloodshed... this killing took place in INTERNATIONAL waters... at people on humanitarian aid ships... to support those, kept under an illegal, worldwide condemned civilian-blockade... you should see the facts, #2. most likely israel will get quite a "bill" for this...
20. Obama paranoia
Ben ,   USA   (05.31.10)
#11 flyingdoc, The insistance that "Obama is a closeted Muslim" that you and your ilk scream is disgusting. It is related to the knee-jerk reaction that conversion to Judaism is a farce. Your distrust Obama's self-descriptions of being Christian is paranoid, and I find it pathetic.
21. PM cancels with Obama
DT ,   TA Israel   (05.31.10)
Brilliant ! Best thing the PM could do. Why meet with an enemy
marlene ,   Philadelphia, USA   (05.31.10)
Israel did what any self-respecting, sovereign democratic country would have and should have done. G-d bless you Israel. He is with you.
23. International law
Brian ,   US   (05.31.10)
A ship carrying the flag of a country, is regarded as soil of that country. Therefore attacking it on international waters, consists attack to the respective country. Thus, now Israel can be regarded as attacking Turkey, Sweden and Greece at the same time since the boats the israeli navy boarded on were under these flags.
24. Rick Methven - Sweden
R Saus ,   TA Zion   (05.31.10)
Armed to the teeth? Those guns you see are painball guns FYI, non-lethal. The Hamas Islaimist activists took IDF sidearms from the soldiers when they tried to lynch them alive with knives, crowbars & pipes.
25. It happened to the nicest people
Sharon ,   Israel   (05.31.10)
It couldn't have happeend to nicer people - terrorists (NOT ACTIVISTS) who came to bring weapons and raise morale for Gazan terrorsits. Since Gaza is inundated with consumer goods all year, this flotilla had one purpose- threaten Israel. I regret that they disn't scatter lifeboats and sink all of the ships.
DAN FRIEDMANN ,   Tel Aviv   (05.31.10)
WELL DONE ISRAEL We will never surrender Vs the Islamic Turkish Vs Palestinians terrorists or Vs Left Extremists from Europe !!!! Dan
tony   (05.31.10)
Remember, some of us appealed to Obama to listen to the voice of reason and tread softy over his stand against Israel in order not to incur the wrath of God. We even cited the evils/disasters that came upon the US when Bush was hard on Israel until he soft pedelled. They are coming gradually. Oil spillage is on board now. From oil spillage to................... Please Obama soft pedal. Israel is not an ordinary nation. It is a nation of God. God fights for Israel because of His unfailing promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. If only you'll listen, please treat, treat, treat, treat, treat, treat, treat Israel graciously, and God will bless you.
28. No Fool Like An Old Fool
Dav Lev ,   Burbank. CAUSA   (05.31.10)
To Marcel: you are so right, as usual. Israel's recurring backing down, or half-hearted retaliation going back to warning the Pales of an attack on empty buildings, has just made things lots worse. I recall when Israel fired rubber bullets into mobsof Pales, who later used live fire along with Molotov Coctails. Again and again we see the results of Israel's timidity and PR concerns. NO MATTER what Israel does, they will be condemned ( see latest flotilla incident). Would So korea have allowed the flotilla in? Until Israel understands it is at war, this will continue and only worsen. Next time, perhaps 100 Turkish/Iranian/Syrian vessels will escort a flotilla supplying lollypops. What then? Barak not the current general should be replaced. He is an old fool, big on smiles, and smal on wisdom.
29. We all want to live in peace
Michael ,   Redondo Beach, Calif   (05.31.10)
Israel supports humanitarian supplies to be delievered into Gaza. If groups want to send supplies, they should go through the proper channels and the government of Israel will support the delivery. If people want to be rouge protesters, and they want to defy a naval blockade , I have no sympathy for them. I hope the world can see that all Israel wants is peace
30. I agree with Marcel #3 talkback
Barbara ,   Haifa Israel   (05.31.10)
The only thing the Islam / Muslim extremists understand is strength and violence. We got out of Lebanon too quickly and got out of Gaza too quickly. Only with force, will they begin to understand that they have to accept us and live alongside of us in peace. I do believe that there are some Palis that want this - the normal life.
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