What is Irresponsible and Provocative — Israel’s Blockade of Gaza or The Gaza Flotilla?

In the latest Israeli diplomatic attempt to stop the Gaza Freedom
Flotilla, Israel leaned on the Obama administration to put heavy
pressure on the Government of Turkey to refuse to allow Turkish ships to
join the international citizen activist initiative to end Israel’s
illegal blockade of Gaza. Israeli diplomats have been intimidating —
threatening and cajoling countries in Europe, Canada and the United
States in the past six weeks to dissuade their citizens from
participating in the flotilla and to forbid ships to depart from their

U.S. says challenging Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is “irresponsible and provocative”

On June 2, 2011 State Department spokesperson Mark Toner stated in
the State Department’s daily press briefing that the United States told
the Government of Turkey that a flotilla of ships sailing to Gaza to
challenge the Israeli blockade would be an “act of provocation.” Toner
said “We have made clear through the past year that groups and
individuals who seek to break Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza are
taking irresponsible and provocative actions that entail a risk to their

Toner also said that “there are established and efficient mechanisms
for getting humanitarian assistance through to Gaza, and that’s been
our message consistently.”

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