Netanyahu says no apology for bloody Israel attack

Netanyahu said it had nothing to apologize for even as much of the world called for an end to its three-year blockade of the coastal Palestinian enclave.

Netanyahu says no apology for bloody Israel attack

Defending Israel's enforcement of its siege on Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday it had nothing to apologize for even as much of the world called for an end to its three-year blockade of the coastal Palestinian enclave.

Netanyahu praised the Israeli commandos involved in the attack and accused the flotilla activists of being "supporters of terrorism."

"This was not a love boat,'' he said. "It was a boat of hate."

He made no mention of whether Israel will create an independent commission to examine the killings.

"Once again, Israel faces hypocrisy and a biased rush to judgment," Netanyahu said.

"The international community cannot afford an Iranian port on the Mediterranean...The same countries that are criticising us today, should know that they could be targeted tomorrow."

Turkey, a Muslim country that had been Israel's strategic ally, accused it of state terrorism, piracy and has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv and demanded it lift its siege.

Those calls have been echoed by European leaders and the United Nations whose Human Rights Council voted to set up an independent fact-finding mission into the killings.

Arab states will ask the U.N. Security Council to demand an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, the Arab League chief said.

Moroccan lawmaker Abdelkader Amara said: "I will never forget a Turkish companion. I had just left him to go down below and I thought he would follow me, and then I saw they had shot him in the chest and he died."

The Turkish Forensic Medical Institute announced on Thursday that eight of the nine people who died in the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla were Turkish citizens.

Agencies

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