Jul 2, 2011

Greek Government Stops Second Flotilla Headed for Gaza

Joel C. RosenbergBy Joel C. Rosenberg

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The Greeks are having horrific economic troubles, but they are still trying to bless Israel, and they should be commended. “A boat carrying a contingent of US activists seeking to join a flotilla of protesters against Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip were turned back by armed Greek commandos about 30 miles out of Athens today, in a major blow to the group and an apparent diplomatic victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” reports CSM.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.A cynical columnist for Haaretz notes: “Netanyahu’s personal investment in his relationship over the past year-and-a-half with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in which he increased diplomatic ties with the floundering European nation seems to have put the final nail in the Gaza flotilla’s coffin.”

Related Links

Captain due in court as flotilla refused permission to sail to Gaza - Euro News
Israeli lawyers responsible for nixing flotilla efforts - Jerusalem Post
Gaza flotilla prevented from leaving Greek port - The Guardian
Israel denies allegations of sabotage of Gaza-bound flotilla - Monsters and Critics
Hamas criticizes Greece for stopping Gaza boats - Kathimerini