Israel's Ambassador Says the Deadly Ship Raid was "Humane"
The botched floatilla raid by Israel earlier this week has been condemned by over 200 countries, but the Israeli government continues to try to defend its aggressive actions in international waters which claimed nine lives. Israel's Ambassador now claims the killings were humane, didn't violate international law and compared Israel to the US fighting the Nazis in World War II.
Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, called Israel’s deadly raid on an aid flotilla en route to Gaza “perfectly legal, perfectly humane and very responsible” in an interview Tuesday with Fox News.
Oren likened the attack to that of the US in World War II.
“The US acted under similar international law when it fought the Germans and the Japanese in World War Two,” the ambassador said.
Oren also defended Israel’s right to attack the ship even though it was in international waters.
“Israel acted in accord with international law,” he remarked. “Any state has the right to protect itself, certainly from a terrorist threat such as Hamas, including on the open seas.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed not to let the public relations challenge and international condemnation surrounding the flotilla raid to force his country to end a blockade on Gaza, a Palestinian-controlled area adjacent to Israel proper.
The aid flotilla was funded by a Turkish group.
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