2 Jun 2010

Israel wanted highest number of fatalities

Arab Knesset member who participated in Gaza aid flotilla holds press conference says, 'It was clear from size of force that boarded ship that purpose was not to stop sail, but to cause largest number of fatalities to prevent future initiatives'

Israel Palestinians

Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi, who was on board the Marmara ship when it was raided by Navy fighters, held a press conference in Nazareth on Tuesday, in which she accused Israel of committing crimes during its takeover of the Gaza-bound aid ship. She called for an international inquiry into the incident.

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Knesset Member Miri Regev (Likud) slammed MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), who took part in the flotilla to Gaza raided by the IDF on Monday.

"Zoabi is party to a double crime – joining terrorists and a moral crime against the State of Israel," she said during a heated Knesset session Wednesday. "She must be punished. We don’t need Trojan horses in the Knesset." Regev even shouted at Zoabi in Arabic, "Go to Gaza, traitor."

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US Will Stand with Israel - I’m told there won’t be any daylight between the US and Israel in the aftermath of the incident on the flotilla yesterday, which resulted in the deaths of 10 activists.

Regardless of the details of the flotilla incident, sources say President Obama is focused on what he sees as the longer term issue here: a successful Mideast peace process.

“The president has always said that it will be much easier for Israel to make peace if it feels secure,” a senior administration official tells ABC News.