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

    This is good.
    You say what you think, and I'll say what I think.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • *giggle*



      June 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |

    night ye-all...

    June 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ John:
    Good post!
    You made many good points.
    Still, I say it's there as a military base for our oil interests. If we didn't need the oil, we could let Israel go, except for the Jewish power establishment in finance, media, and lobbies already in place here.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jay

    BTW, stating that Israel was created for the US to have a military base there is so far off and oversimplified that it's almost laughable. BTW it wasn't our place to investigate the Israeli bulldozer matter, it was the U.N.'s and Israel's responsibility. Before you go off half coc ked I'm not saying that because it was Israel, I'd say the same thing if it had been in Russia or even Iran.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy



    June 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • *giggle*


      *tee hee*

      June 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Where did JIF say anything about CNN being prudish? Did I miss something?

    And I wasn't aware that Ted Turner had much to do with CNN's Time-Warner, n'est ce pas?

    June 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jay

    @John: Read your history, the Revolution may very well have died in it's infancy if it hadn't been for a jewish merchant by the name of Haym Salomon(look it up) who donated millions of dollars to the militia when it was nearly broke. There were many other jewish merchants that donated large sums of money too. As for the Jews owning all the banks, that's the kind of racist statement that let Hitler gain power. Why are we so involved in the middle east you ask, it has very little to do with Israel and a lot to do with natural resources. Get a clue.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The 4:30 PM JIF post is not mine.
    I am, however, still trying to duplicate banasy's
    pan accomplishment.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Scatological humor at it's worst, GT.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Are you going to share your secret?

    June 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy


    Ah, but then it wouldn't be a secret, would it?

    And I know who wrote the blah blah post; he doesn't take criticism of any sort gracefully.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    But...I've been so nice today–for instance, what I'm not saying about "secret" alone is admirably restrained, for JIF...

    June 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Who is GT?
    John Galt or something?

    June 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini


    June 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    Somebody else who knows a bit of coding....

    And that's all it is, JIF. Geek code.

    June 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
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