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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    anyone ever thought about draining the dead sea over there?

    they could fill it in and make a new area for people to live...

    or plug up the hole and drain the meditreainian sea... i bet you if the drained it they would find lots of pirate treasure..

    June 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      As a matter of fact a project of building a canal from the Mediterranean Sea to the Dead Sea was considered about 20 years ago. A series of hydroelectric power stations was supposed to be built along the canal to use the more than 600 meter difference in the two sea levels. After spending several million dollars on feasibility studies the commission responsible concluded that the project was not financially feasible.

      June 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

      600 meters is alot.. why not just dig a whole and use one of those earth digging machinse that build the tunnel in english channel?

      btw 600million???? now wonder they are broke...

      give me that 600 million and i'll stop by mexico grab some laborers and have that trench dug fast!!!

      June 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I said "Hi."
    Maybe they censored "banasy."

    June 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Hi, JIF!!!

    I've been censored before by better than CNN...

    June 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |

    i got flagged yester day for saying that the penguin was retarded cause it swam 2000 miles then ate sand and sticks...

    then others wernt flagged that were cussing and using very bad language...

    June 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Blah blah blah. You're a fecal residue upon the crust of humanity.

      June 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    They always do that to you, Ruffie; I think you have quite the reputation.

    The word 'retarded' is thrown about so much here, it's a wonder there are any comments at all!

    June 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Will they have to stop using that indication in printing music?
    Pretty offensive, I'd say!

    June 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |

    well i defend my comment yesterday...

    if you guys were watching me run a marathon then at the end i ran over to a cirgarette putter outter and and ate the sand and choked down some cigarette stubs you would probbbly say "man that guy is retarded , but smokeing hot!!!"

    June 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jay

    @Joey Isotta-Fraschini: Did you read my post, I didn't say that we created the state of Israel because of the Revolution. What I said was that one of the reasons we support Israel so strongly is because jewish people helped fund the Revolution, two totally different things. Read next time before you respond.

    June 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I've heard nothing to suggest that Jews were some big force behing the Revolutiion, but if they were, they certainly have gotten their money's worth. The most power lobby on capital hill is AIPAC which has all the poltiicians in its pockets. Jews run our economy in the form of Big banks and Hedge Fund Mangers, Goldman Sachs and all the major players. The the US has fallen for the Jew propaganda hook, line, and sinker. imagine a country of 5 million holding the good old USA hostage and forming our foreign policy around their own wishes. The biggest fraud perpetrated against the American people. Why are we so involved in the Middle East 8,000 miles from our shores. ISRAEL.

      June 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jay

    BTW why did you bring up the bible I never even mentioned it. If you want to know a big part of the problem among jews arabs and christian nations I'll tell you, a lot of it is resentment over the Crusades and how the Church treated the moors. Before the Crusades Christians , jews and Muslims got along pretty well together, in fact in El Andalus jews and christians held somewhat of a favored status over some muslim groups.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |

      i wonder what all relics were destroyed back then... i bet you there was a ton of lost books and info and relics...

      June 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    Oh, there were a ton of relics destroyed back then, and there still many relics being destroyed even today.


    June 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Only if the music relates to penguins.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ jay:
    I know why my two replies to you were censored.
    They referred to the microscopic examination of jots
    ttles in your calligraphy.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Our nation is obsessed by prudish censorship.
    I know at least one religion that is obsessed with legalistic, linear thinking that negates conceptual intelligence.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jay

    @Joey Isotta-Fraschini: I've known a lot of people like you in my life, guess what, they were full of BS too.
    BTW since when is Ted Turner a prude? There are several words that I've tried to post on here and none of them could be considered the least bit risqué.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |

    lol you cant eve post the word "JA-pan" here..

    June 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |

      but big hairy dick is ok..

      June 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mykids

      you oughta know

      June 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
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