Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has faced down global criticism and defended his country’s action in the fatal commando raid on an international aid flotilla en route to Gaza.
“Once again Israel faces hypocrisy and a biased rush to judgement. Hamas is smuggling thousands of Iranian rockets, missiles and other weaponry, smuggling it into Gaza in order to fire on Israel’s cities. Under international law and under common sense and common decency, Israel has every right to interdict this weaponry and to inspect the ships that might be transporting them. Israel regrets the loss of life, but we will never apologise for defending ourselves,” he said.
Earlier in the Knesset Arab nationalist member Hanin Zoabi, who was on board the flotilla, was removed from the podium and ran the gauntlet of the Knesset’s fury as violence flared during a debate on the deadly incident.