Tel Aviv may be left without Russian gas and Caspian oil
|Boarded by Israeli naval vessels with human rights activists were escorted to the port of Ashdod.
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.
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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 “.