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June 1, 2010

Update on the Gaza Flotilla

Just a few minutes ago an interview with former CNI board member and frequent host of our radio show “CNI Jerusalem Calling”, Ambassador Edward Peck, was released by ABC News, giving an insider’s account of what actually occurred between the flotilla and the Israeli navy. In the interview, Ambassador Peck recounts his experience and deportation. He mentions that he and the other people captured were kept in isolation and knew very little about what was going on. He also mentions that another US citizen, Paul Larudee, was injured and remains in an Israeli hospital.

In addition, more countries have stepped forward to condemn the Israeli actions. The EU and Russia issued a joint statement earlier today condemning Israel’s actions and use of force, even going so far as to call for an end to the blockade on Gaza. Shortly after, France joined them in calling for the release of the civilian activists being held.

Even Hamas and Fatah seem united in condemning the attacks and urging the international community to open the borders into Gaza. Today, the PA’s Interior Ministry announced that the Rafah crossing has been opened and restrictions lifted. And Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, released a statement arguing that this attack could help unify Palestinians, stating

“Israel’s crime today is an opportunity for Palestinian unity on the right national platform. It is also an opportunity for the Arab world to re-take the initiative today and to take a strong position against the Israeli bullying and to open the Rafah crossing and to end the siege once and for all.”

Could this attack provide the catalyst for re-opening negotiations between Hamas and the PA? And could it possibly push the international community to get more involved in helping the Gazans and permanently lifting the blockade?



  1. Peck is an example of someone who has achieved wisdom with age, speaking deliberately and carefully. I have enjoyed listening to him as host on Jerusalem Calling. Fortunately there is an archive of the programs so readers can listen to his interview with Ambassador Jack Matlock, a particularly good program.

    Comment by Clif Brown — June 1, 2010 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  2. It seems our luck is improving. This whole affair is turning world opinion against Israel and making US support politically more difficult.

    Comment by Tim Donovan — June 2, 2010 @ 6:36 am | Reply

  3. if this don’t unite gaza and the p.a., then they have to say ”we have met the enemy and he is us”…abba eba, the great isreali statesman said, ”the pals.never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity”… an obsevation i have made is the isreali’s never miss an opportunity to make peckers out of themselves… lets hope the pals. don’t prove abba right… thanks to am. peck… go to salon.com to hear glen greenwald’s fabulous rebuttal to all the onesided bull s. we always hear… on 6/1 msnbc hosted by eliot spitzer…a must hear… carl scala

    Comment by carl, queens,ny — June 2, 2010 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

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