Israel kills four Palestinian divers off Gaza coast -

Israel kills four Palestinian divers off Gaza coast

Meanwhile, Turkey ratchets up the pressure for investigation into raid


The Israeli navy has killed four Palestinian divers it believes were intending to carry out a terrorist attack. The divers were spotted off the coast of the Gaza strip and, according to a Voice of America report, were members of the militant al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade group. Israeli Defense Forces afterwards launched an air strike against suspected militants in Northern Gaza. Israel has come under increasing international pressure in recent days over its deadly raid of an aid flotilla headed towards Gaza. Turkey, once a staunch ally, is now calling on Israel to accept an international investigation into the incident, warning that the “normalization of Turkish-Israeli relations was out of the question” so long as Israel opposes the probe. “We are evaluating everything. It is up to Israel how our ties will continue,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. “Israel has to accept the consequences of its actions and be held accountable.”

Voice of America


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Israel kills four Palestinian divers off Gaza coast

  1. "it is truly worth remarking that when Israel is in the dock, protest rage goes epidemic. To use that vile term so often recently turned upon Israel when it acts in its self-defence, the response is extravagantly “disproportionate.”

    I truly do not know why this is so. Israel is a sanctuary state established after one almost successful attempt just two generations ago to rid all the world of Jews. And Israel is now in the shadow of a fundamentalist, ferociously anti-Israel theocracy which is about to equip itself with nuclear weapons. Perhaps, alas, under the threat of a second attempt.

    Yet somehow Israel is the rogue, the barbarian nation, the only state on earth that can energize the professionally lethargic diplomats in the great tower of hypocrisy on the East River. Strange and dangerous times."

    Rex Murphy