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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The point is not whether it was the FBI or not.
    What was the outcome of our government's investigation into the Israeli-bulldozer matter?

    June 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Thanks guys..and yes Israel has been destroying homes for years, under the guise that the land is theirs. This earth is for ALL not for SOME.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Our strongest ally against the Muslim terrorists?
    Why do you think that we have Muslim terrorists?
    Because our women don't cover their faces?

    June 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Are you trying to tell me I look that bad I should cover my face, 🙂 He He.. sorry just a little levity for the weighty issue being discussed. Gotta go all...Habba nice day! 🙂

      June 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    We put Israel there because of the American Revolution?
    Please.
    Also–don't say anything about what God put somewhere.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The American Revolution?
    Please.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Moore

    Do you actualy believe that if Israel fell, the Muslims would stop terrorizing the world.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't know: this is now.
    That was then. Muslims weren't terrorizing us then.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Bye, Jazzzzzzz–you look great.
    However, there was no levity or joy in Mudville on 9/11.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Well, anyway, we need the oil, and the money, so I say Israel the military base stays.
    I tell the truth, however: it's not because of the Bible or the Holocaust.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Moore

    The Muslims tried to terrorize us in the Phillipines after the Spanish American war. General Pershing captured 50 terrorists and executed them using bullets dipped in pigs blood. The Muslims didnt mess with us again until 1979.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I think the truth censor got me again.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Military base.
    Oil.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    @JIF:
    The Parable of the Tool?
    You never fail to amuse me! Thanks.

    And before you ask "Who's Mel, that was an exclamation point.)

    June 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    ( )

    June 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hi, banasy!

    June 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
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