Israeli Spokesmen Continue To Defend “Right” To Use Deadly Force On Peaceful Protestors In International Waters

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Israel Cites India, Pakistan Violence In Defense Of Flotilla Attack

Yamini Kaul – AHN News Contributor

Tel Aviv, Israel (AHN) – Apparently upset over global criticism for its attack on an aid flotilla in Gaza, Israel took an unusual step on Wednesday and trained its diplomatic guns on India and Pakistan.

Israel said that while the world continually “ignored” violent incidents happening in countries such as India and Pakistan, it was being criticized for its “unmistakably defensive actions.”

Citing incidents from the past one month, Israel said that almost 500 people were killed in violence in countries like India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand and Iraq. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, “While the international community remained silent and passive, and generally ignored the occurrences, Israel is being condemned for unmistakably defensive actions.”

Israel’s comments have brought about a new turn in its relationship with India.

Israel’s outburst against India could be attributed to a statement by India’s external affairs minister, S.M. Krishna, in which he said India “deplored the tragic loss of life and the reports of killings and injuries to people on the boats carrying supplies to Gaza.” India condemned the Israeli action with strong words such as “there can be no justification for such indiscriminate use of force, which we condemn.”

At least nine Palestinian activists were killed when Israeli soldiers intercepted their boat, which was headed toward the Gaza strip on Monday.

The Israeli foreign ministry told the United Nations in a written statement that the attack on the aid flotilla was about the “basic right of Israeli soldiers to defend themselves against an attack by a gang of thugs and terror supporters…”

In an emergency session, the U.N. Security Council demanded a probe into the deadly commando raid. Israel refused to accept the U.N. resolution and said that such a proposal would not help peace and stability in the Middle East.

Turkey boosts security for Jewish residents amid protests

[Jews all over the world may one day suffer similar threats because of growing hatred of the Zionist state.]

Turkey boosts security for Jewish residents amid protests

ANKARA – Daily News with wires
Turkey boosts security measures at synagogues, Israeli consulates and Jewish residences, including 20 locations in Istanbul alone, as tensions increase over Israel’s deadly raid on an aid flotilla. Some Jewish residents remain concerned about the community’s safety despite assurances from Turkish officials that they will not be the target of protests

Protesters burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul. AP photo.

Protesters burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul. AP photo.

Turkey has beefed up security to protect its Jewish minority and Israel’s diplomatic missions in response to increased tensions over Israel’s deadly raid on an aid ship dispatched by a Turkish NGO.

Security has been stepped up at 20 points in Istanbul alone, where there are several synagogues and centers serving 23,000 Jewish residents, Interior Minister Beşir Atalay said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. He added that measures have been taken at residences, consulates and places of worship in the city.

The move came as hundreds of Turks protested against Israel for the third day Wednesday. The interior minister said no harm had been done, or would be allowed to come, to any Jewish person during demonstrations staged in Turkey, the Anatolia new agency reported.

Turkish resentment of Israel has risen dramatically since Monday’s killing of nine people, including as many as seven Turks, on the aid ship. Following the deadly incident, Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel and scrapped planned war games with Israel.

Israel, meanwhile, ordered families of its diplomats to leave Turkey as relations between the two countries sank to a new low. Israeli media reported Wednesday that the foreign ministry ordered the families of its diplomats in Turkey to leave because of the uproar over the deadly raid by the Israeli navy. The diplomatic mission itself would remain in Turkey, said Israel Radio and other stations and newspapers. The ministry would neither confirm nor deny the reports.

Hostility against Israel increases throughout the world, not just in Turkey, when it commits such an act, said Roni Margulies, a Turkish citizen of Jewish origin and a columnist for daily Taraf. “In some circles, a clear distinction between hostility against Jews and Israel may not be made,” he said. “We know this is so in Turkey – not in general, but in some circles.”

In one such incident Monday in the northeastern province of Tekirdağ, a Turkish man punched a Jewish cyclist. The fact that the assailant turned out to be a lawyer is “something unique to Turkey,” according to political analyst Cem Oğuz.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has launched a series of harsh verbal attacks on Israel since Monday’s raid. More than 20,000 people demonstrated in Turkey after the attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla, many of them burning Israeli flags.

“But the prime minister also said Tuesday that he was against anti-Semitism. He says it during each crisis but he repeated it yesterday,” said Ivo Molinas, the editor in chief of the Istanbul-based weekly publication Shalom, which has a circulation of around 5,000. “Both him and the leaders of the opposition have said that all of this will have no effect on the Jews of Turkey.”

Despite the reassurances, the Jewish community in Turkey is definitely worried, Molinas said, noting that the anger in the country could turn very easily to anti-Semitism. “The rhetoric used by the prime minister has been very radical,” he said, according to Agence France-Presse.

According to Taraf columnist Margulies, there were similar concerns when Israel invaded Gaza two years ago but no hostile action was taken against Turkish Jews. “I hope it will be so this time, too,” he said.

Margulies added that he finds it very positive and necessary that Erdoğan said in his speech that Jews in Turkey should not be targets of anger toward Israel.

US Leaning Hard On Azerbaijan, Turkey To Salvage NABUCCO

BAKU – Agence France-Presse

A senior U.S. envoy urged Azerbaijan and Turkey on Wednesday to sign a long-awaited deal he said was crucial for retaining confidence in Western plans to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian gas.

Richard Morningstar, the U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Issues, said the signing of a deal, two years in the making, would be essential to boost confidence in the European Union’s ambitious Southern Corridor plan. The corridor would bypass Russia in bringing Caspian Sea gas through Turkey to Europe.

“We are encouraged by the recent progress in negotiations between Turkey and Azerbaijan,” Morningstar said at a conference on Caspian Sea energy development in the Azerbaijani capital Baku.

“We are hopeful the two sides will reach an agreement sooner rather than later, so that confidence in the Southern Corridor is not undermined.”

Energy-rich Azerbaijan is seen as a key potential supplier for the main component of the Southern Corridor plan to diversify gas supplies. The 3,300-kilometer Nabucco pipeline between Turkey and Austria was scheduled to be completed by 2014.

Other potential elements of the plan included possible Italy-Turkey-Greece and Trans-Adriatic pipelines.

The EU-backed pipeline would compete with Russia’s South Stream pipeline project to meet gas demands in Europe, which already rely on Russia for a quarter of its gas supplies.

South Stream, which would channel Russian gas under the Black Sea to Bulgaria, is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

The deal between Baku and Ankara is expected to cover the price of Turkish gas imports from Azerbaijan as well as the amount Turkey charges in transit fees for Azerbaijani gas to be delivered to Europe.

Lebanon fires on Israeli warplanes

JERUSALEM – Agence France-Presse
Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint at the Lebanese border crossing of Naqoura, southern Lebanon on Tuesday. AP photoLebanese army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint at the Lebanese border crossing of Naqoura, southern Lebanon on Tuesday. AP photo

The Lebanese Army fired anti-aircraft artillery at Israeli warplanes that were flying over Lebanon, a senior Israeli security official said on Tuesday.

“Our aircraft have been targeted by the Lebanese anti-aircraft guns while flying over southern Lebanon, and there was no damage,” the official who requested the anonymity told Agence France Presse.

A Lebanese military spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the report.

Lebanon issues almost daily reports of Israeli violations of its air space, but its military rarely opens fire unless the planes fly within range of its guns.

The over flights violate U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended a devastating war in 2006, but Israel argues they are needed to monitor arms smuggling.

The absolute hegemony of Europe and the United States fades–(Bad Goog.Trans.)

Qui would have imagined, there is only a half-dozen years, as Brazil and Turkey would offer mediation on the Iranian nuclear issue? Whatever the outcome of the controversial initiative, it indicates the rise of new regional powers, seeking to change the status quo in which they played little role before.

We are very far from the perception of balance that seemed to reign around 2003, at a time when Washington felt omnipotent. The repression of the former Soviet Union to Russia’s borders, with the expansion of NATO and the color revolutions were led by the power felted (soft power). The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyan (Turkish port) would deliver oil to the West, hitherto reserved to Moscow. Washington was planning, with the war in Iraq, to reshape his own benefit the “Greater Middle East”. Force is to acknowledge the failure.

The phase of repression in Russia ended in 2008 when the Georgian president has committed a strategic error to engage in conflict with it.Ukraine will not be part of NATO. Despite serious handicaps, Moscow remains the undisputed arbiter in the Caucasus and its influence in Central Asia remains important to the coveted Kyrgyzstan, so close to China, where U.S. are also maintaining a database.

Thereupon, the crisis hit the United States before affecting Europe. This, far from over, accentuating the importance of the role played by the “re-emerging” (all Asian, except Brazil) and especially China, now a major player. The transformation of the latter, the way Bismarck, made in just three decades, changes the status quo long exclusively dominated by Westerners.This leap forward is the price of many left-to-account. But stagnation is it cheaper? It is good to read the young Engels: The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1845. Do not forget what was the working conditions in the most democratic and most powerful European states.

India has outperformed his opponent overwhelmingly Constitution: Pakistan, who for twenty years, is looking for, in Afghanistan, a “strategic rear” instead of worrying about growth and remains the epicenter of the regional crisis. Washington sees India as an ally to counterbalance, in part, the weight of China in Asia.

Clearly, apart from Brazil, the country-continent that holds both the promise of the future, once so often disappointed, the essential part is played on the Eurasian continent, and particularly around the Caspian basin and along its southern arc.

For growing economies, like China or India, but also for the old industrial countries are the United States, Japan and Europe, oil is more than ever the subject of intense rivalry.

The United States, passing through a multifaceted crisis whose effects across the West, are far from exhausted, face significant challenges in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the latter, nothing is settled. All the conditions leading to a resurgence of civil war are still present. Who will be Prime Minister? Using what coalition lame? The State will be there federal or centralized? From Ultimately, the Shia will be in power in Baghdad will he not be tempted to unite against the populist majority of Kurds Arabs?

In Afghanistan, the escalating war is the order of the day, despite the appearance of negotiation.The government and the administration ofHamid Karzai remains the Achilles heel of the new U.S. strategy adopted too late. A decent non-victory is still possible?

The most powerful democratic states can not overcome an irregular warfare conducted from the ground up by a few hardy men, because it is not a mass uprising, as in Vietnam. Need I remind you that the United States and NATO have, in eight years, lost a total of less than 1700 soldiers and that this seems too much to our publics?

The major crisis fueled by the territorial dispute between Israel and the Palestinians on Iran and its nuclear program. Barack Obama is crippled by the mortgage Iran to conclude negotiations between the Israeli government and Palestinian authorities in the West Bank. For the Likud and its allies, religious or not, this is a policy of delaying until the Obama disappears from the political scene, or is no longer able to weigh. This strategy is therefore ultimately more coherent than the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank advocated Tzipi Livni ? This is doubtful.

In the Middle East, Turkey is, obviously, become the major power with three irons in the fire: European Union which it represents the essential energy corridor, Muslim countries in which it intends to regain the lead, and Asia Turkic-speaking Central Chinese to Xinjiang. On the merits, the interests of the United States and Turkey are the same and are intended to weaken Russian influence in Central Asia and Caucasus.

East Asia, from India to China, 3.5 billion people, which we are not informed in advance by leaps and bounds. Do we know, for example, that South Korea alone produces a third of the world merchant fleet?

We stagnate in a crisis that requires major reforms, while “re-emerging” are growing rapidly and require different rules of the game

The challenge, on substantive change in demographic balance, is economic and concerns such as energy, education, innovative research. The United States seemed able to rise thanks to their adaptability and dynamism. This is precisely what we lack and that we will not solve, nor with the effects of listing on the international stage, nor corporatism decided that nothing changes, or with part of the population prone to some work, or with high unemployment among young people.

The absolute hegemony exercised by Europe and the United States, for nearly three centuries, is fading. We can not escape the need for austerity and work if we want to remain competitive.Germany seems to have understood.

Gerard Chaliand writer is strategic.

Israeli Procurement of Russian Fuel Through Turkey May Be Stopped

Navy Israeli hit on energy projects

Tel Aviv may be left without Russian gas and Caspian oil

02.06.2010 / Nicholas Surkov
израиль, турция, кризис / Взятые на абордаж израильскими ВМС суда с правозащитниками были отконвоированы в порт Ашдод. Фото ReutersBoarded by Israeli naval vessels with human rights activists were escorted to the port of Ashdod.
Photo Reuters

The incident with the interception in international waters in convoy, bound with humanitarian aid inGaza, threatens to derail the project of supplying Israel with Russian gas, which should come back through Turkey. The actions of the Israeli Navy has condemned yesterday the Security Council of UN, called for an investigation into the incident, during which, according to specified data, the death of nine human rights activists and several hundred were detained.

According to the Minister of Energy of Turkey Taner Yildiz, Turkey may abandon energy cooperation with Israel because of the incident with the “peace flotilla”. According to Interfax, a number of bilateral energy projects include the construction of offshore oil and gas pipeline between the Turkish Ceyhan and the Israeli Ashkelon. Raw materials to fill the pipeline should come from Russia and the Caspian region.Further planned to lay pipelines to Eilat on the Red Sea coast, to export raw materials to India, China and other Asian states.

The UN Security Council in a special statement demanded that Israel immediately release all detained civilians and the court “Fleets of the World”, as well as arrange transportation located on their board of humanitarian aid into Gaza. Sat called for an impartial and transparent investigation into the incident, during which, according to the latest update, killing nine people. Members of the Security Council stressed that the humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire, and called for an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

About the situation around the “Fleets of the world” made by President Dmitry Medvedev, who was described as “unwarranted and irreversible” loss of life resulting from interception by Israeli military humanitarian convoy.

According to RIA Novosti, detained in Israel are 480 participants hike, another 45 human rights activists, mostly Turkish citizens, are in hospitals. On treatment are also six soldiers injured when intercepting a fleet.

Israeli media reported that the courts “Fleets of the World” were citizens of some 40 countries, including Turkey, USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Greece, Malaysia, Algeria, Serbia, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Germany.Detainees must pass examinations, after which the Israeli authorities to decide which of them expelled, but who have been charged in the attack on the military. Several dozen people have agreed to voluntary deportation, and they have taken to the Tel Aviv airport.

Yesterday, all six vessels fleet were in port of Ashdod. They checked the cargo specialists from ministries of health, agriculture and engineers. Israel has promised to forward humanitarian aid into Gaza through land border crossings.

As the Air Force, “Movement for Freedom of Gaza, organized the” freedom flotilla “, intended to equip the new ships to Gaza, to end blockade of Gaza, home to about 1,5 million people.

Meanwhile, do not stop criticism of Israeli actions. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, in particular, said that what happened off the coast of Gaza “is equivalent to banditry and piracy”. “This murder, carried out his hands of the state. The state, which is on that path has lost its legitimacy as a respected member of the international community “, – stressed the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

“Stop the massacre in Gaza” – called pro-Palestinian activists in the U.S..
Photo Reuters

Analyst “the International Crisis Group,” Hugh Pope told Nezavisimaya Gazeta noted that recently the relations between Tel Aviv and Ankara really had deteriorated, but such is not the first times. In his view, the political leadership of Turkey, especially the ruling Justice and Development Party, is very sensitive to public opinion, which is now an extremely negative attitude towards the current Israeli policy towards Palestinians, especially the blockade of the Gaza Strip. “In the 90 years between Israel and Turkey, there really military partnership, sharing of intelligence information, but it should be borne in mind that all this took place against a background of promoting Middle East peace process”, – explained the Pope. He added that previous Turkish governments have also repeatedly condemned the Israeli actions. For example, in 2002, the then Turkish Prime Minister called the Israeli actions in the West Bank as genocide.

The expert did not rule out that since the Israeli-Turkish relations can improve again. “As soon as the Turkish public opinion decides that Israel entered into a serious dialogue on peace with the Palestinians, Ankara immediately improve the quality of bilateral relations. But now they are at the lowest point, and it will take months if not years, that situation has changed “, – noted the Pope.

Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies Vitaly Naumkin in conversation with Nezavisimaya Gazeta speculated that the use of force against human rights defenders due to the common position of the current Israeli government Netanyahu-Lieberman-Barak, who prefer to exercise in such matters of the utmost rigidity. “It is very important domestic political moment. A government that does not feel very confident, seeks to use the syndrome of “a hostile environment” – the whole world against the small of Israel, to mobilize the population in its support “, – explained the expert.

Naumkin said that in the short term interception “Fleets of the World” will provide political dividends Netanyahu, but in the long run – it would harm the interests of Israel, who will become new enemies, especially in the Islamic world.“The main loss for Israel will be the loss of a partnership with Turkey, which had a strategic nature. For Israel, it is important to have a certain position in the Islamic world, and here they are counting on Turkey. According to this cooperation occurred very powerful blow. The Government has also caused enormous damage to Israel’s reputation in the world “, – said the other” NG “.

Primary school attacked in Quetta

The Baloch Hal News

QUETTA: A government Primary school was attacked with hand grenade on Mano Jan Road here on Tuesday morning.

Official sources said unidentified persons hurled a home-made hand grenade at school located Ahmed Shah street of Mano Jan Road. The grenade landed and exploded with a big bang in the compound of the school damaging windows and door of the school. However, no causality reported. The attackers managed to escape from the scene.

“It was the break time. All the students were outside their respective classrooms. Thus, they remained unhurt,” school principal, Zahoor Ahmed told media, adding that no organization had ever threatened the school management. The blast caused panic among the students and teachers.

Police have lodged a case against unknown people and begun investigation.

Meanwhile, unknown persons planted an explosive device on RCD highway in Kalat district on Tuesday which went off with big explosion causing no loss.

Official sources said NATO supplier was passing through the area when blast occurred but the container remained safe in the blast. It was home-made device however no loss reported in the blast. Local law enforcement agencies are making investigation.