Turning their anger on Turkey, Israelis have been protesting at efforts to break the blockade of Gaza that ended in bloodshed on Monday.
Israel sparked a global outcry by raiding a Turkish-led aid flotilla, with at least nine Gaza-bound activists killed. But demonstrators in Tel Aviv defended Israel’s decision to intercept the vessels.
“We had no intention of killing anyone,” said protester Ruthy Rosen. “There was a provocation. And I am very angry at the Turkish people who are telling lies about my country.”
Pro-Palestinian activists marching on the streets of Paris take a very different view, rejecting Israel’s arguments that its commandos fired in self-defence.
As pressure piles on Benjamin Netanyahu’s government over the incident, Israeli media reported he was considering easing the blockade.
It is claimed some ships may be allowed to dock at Gaza in future, if their cargo has been checked first.
But, for now, as an Irish aid ship makes its way to the Palestinian territory, further confrontation looms. Israel maintains the “Rachel Corrie” will not be allowed to reach its destination.