Israel denies fiscal pressure on Greece to block flotilla boats
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman visiting Greece in January of this year on an official visit.
June 26th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Israel denies fiscal pressure on Greece to block flotilla boats

The Israeli foreign ministry on Sunday rejected as "ludicrous" suggestions that Israel and the United States were using economic pressure to force fiscally strapped Greece into preventing boats from participating in an international flotilla to the Gaza Strip.

"Do these people have any proof whatsoever to such claims?" asked Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor. "Their entire activity is aimed at demonizing the state of Israel. What are they saying, that we have used all the Jewish bankers in the world to cancel Greece's bonds? What kind of fantasy world are they living in?"

Organizers of one boat planning to join the flotilla, the U.S.-registered Audacity of Hope, released a statement Sunday asking the Greek government to explain why the leased vessel was being prevented from leaving a Greek port.

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  1. saywhat

    Robert Neiman of Just Foreign policy has left for Greece to board US 'Audacity of Hope' as part of the Humanitarian Aid Flotilla to gaza.
    There is tremendous pressure from the Zionist regime in Israel on countries in Europe & the US to block this flotilla as peace loving Jews everywhere gear up to support this mission.
    Just as the US State dept , in line with the Israeli regime, warned that any American (there are 50 of them, it is reported) who joins this flotilla would face fines or incarceration. Six true Americans up on the Hill – Dennis Kucinich, W.Lacy Clay, Sam Farr, Bob Filner, E.Holmes Norton & Barbra Lee sent a letter to Hillary Clinton to ensure the safety of these Americans , lest they be murdered by Israeli forces as in the past. Bravo to these brave Americans & these courageous law makers.

    Rest of the Congress perhaps decided that American lives are not important in the interest of Israel.
    American public as always is unaware of these developments.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Well if the (shoe) fits Israel. And the fact that you got your head up our $$$$ who we strong hold practically every other country in the world for their oil and other resources is a good indicator that this wold be in fact TRUE. Blah Blah Blah ...Blah Blah , Palmor. not going thru grrrrrrr

    June 26, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Imglad

    And in other news copper wire was invented by two Jews figh'in over a penny.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    Yeah they are *sticklers*

    June 26, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. R Day

    Sink the ships!

    June 26, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. jj

    let those american clowns get on their boat. they are aiding and abetting the lawless lebonese terrorists! but dam just think of what would happen tho if israel blew them to smithereens. that would change things a bit. strange times folks

    June 26, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Israel is a USA military base. We need it right where we put it, and Eleanor said so.
    A Cadillac uses a lot of gas.
    Hitler set this deal up for without his being aware of it: he would have used anything to make up for his lack of artistic talent, but it happened that he picked Marxist ideas crawling into Germany on Jewish hands and feet.
    Good for us!
    So Israel slaps us around a little–so what?
    We always get over it.
    Luv, luv Cadillacs.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      pls explain the "so Israel slaps us around a little-so what?" comment ... I don't see it.

      June 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "Hitler set this deal up for us without..."

    June 26, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. jay

    The reason the US supports Israel so strongly? Because Jewish people were one of the largest contributors to the Revolutionary war.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fidesben

    Gazan are the greatest food consumers. This hell-bound terrorists needs nothing except rockets and bomb materials from terrorists and that is the true mission of the so-called aid flotillas full of satanic inspired of millitants. If their mission was genuine, why are they not doing so by sending those aid flotillas to Haiti? This peace haters should be exterminated. There are many ways to killing a rat and Israel knows all that.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    He's referring to when an Israeli bulldozer operator ran over and killed Rachel Corrie, who was an American girl protesting the illegal bulldozing of citizens homes in Israel. The FBI never did investigate though they are mandated to do so. (last I heard, this happened years ago) Or he may have been referring to the USs Liberty that was flat-out attacked by israeli jets.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Caesar, Emporer of Rome, Dominator of Israel

    God does not live on Olypus nor does he reside in Israel. Although the Jew's assert that he does, and with arms when necessary.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hi, Jazzzzzzz.
    Well, Philip already "spoke to" this (quite well), but I was going to tell you:
    I didn't see the "l" in "tool," either, but it was there when I looked more diligently.
    "He" spoke in parables.
    This is the Parable of the Tool.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe Moore

    The United States needs to continue to support Israel, our strongest ally against the muslim terrorists.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jay

    Philip I don't believe the FBI would have jurisdiction over that, it would be something that would more appropriately fall under the UN or the CIA, the FBI's main mission is threats to the US and crimes within our own borders. The CIA is the branch that normally handles foreign cases.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
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