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. mykids

    are dumb. Yes they are!

    June 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    The FBI is in fact mandated by Congress to investigate the deaths of Americans overseas. While the CIA does have an Dommestic Affairs Division(moved to Denver, CO recently for it's central location) the CIA is not mandated to do so, but may be called upon by the Department of State to aid in these overseas investigations. The FBI enjoys extraterritorial jurisdiction on the foreign soils of our staunchest allies. Prior to the day's of Hoover this wasn't the case, so if you still think that the FBI wasn't supposed to investigate the wrongful Rachell Corrie, your main browser may need updating.

    June 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    I mean come on! How many times has CNN reported the FBI investigating the wrongful deaths of college students outside this country, like in Aruba. Or kidnapped tourists in S. America? No, it's not the CIA's job to police Americans. The CIA moved it's Domestic Affairs Div. to centrally-located Denver,CO in anticipation of when they will be called upon to help the IRS collect from you. Soon, that letter from the IRS will be a thing of the past, replaced by two men wearing dark suits and sunglasses walking into your house without knocking.

    June 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy


    I have that now. They're my neighbors.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jj

    try spelling rakoon the right way hilarious!

    June 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jay

    @Philip: I went to both the FBI charter and the CIA charter pages and there is nothing in either charter that clearly states either agency has the authority to investigate wrongful deaths outside the US. The closest thing I could find is that the FBI can help coordinate an investigation. it has been several years and I didn't follow the case that closely but I don't recall the FBI being very involved in the Aruba case. The only thing I remember them being involved with in that case is the bribery issue which fell in their purview because it happened over the phone. I admit I could be wrong though, as I said I didn't follow it that much. Everything I've read on the FBI's home page leads me to believe the investigation would most appropriately fall within U.N. jurisdiction.

    June 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jay

    Actually it may have happened over the internet, or both, either way it is the FBI's responsibility to investigate cases involving bribery and cyber crimes.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jay

    Banasy, yes it is so, I don't follow what celebrities are doing much so I will gladly admit that I'm somewhat out of the loop. Whether Joey was specifically addressing CNN's censorship in that post I don't know, but he has before in other posts so it's a logical conclusion, more so than his conclusion about what I was trying to say earlier.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fidesben

    No phillip, i was not referring to when an Israeli bulldozer operator ran over and killed Rachel Corrie or Richard korri, who was an American girl protesting the illegal bulldozing of citizens homes in Israel. And even in that case you can see that her legs were not fettered so i belive she was testing Israel's technology as america is full with researcher on different fields. All these islamic terrorists desguising as activist, and hipocrites, while are they not going to protests in Iran and see what the results they will get?

    June 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jay

    @Philip: BTW, a small correction regarding Haym Salomon. It is widely disputed as to how much he personally gave some say upwards of a million some say closer to 40 or 50 thousand but it is unanimously agreed upon by everyone during that time that he raised millions for the war effort. When the Colonial army had the British surrounded and nearly defeated they were on the verge of running out of money so they called upon Salomon to raise money. He managed to raise around fifty thousand very quickly, if he hadn't the Revolution may have died on the verge of success. He also managed to keep the country solvent through our first few years as the country struggled to pay it's debts. There were many other jews who helped support the war effort, he was just the most notable one.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jay

    Philip he was also arrested and put on a boat, during the months that he was held captive he managed to gain the Hessian's trust and convinced them to no longer fight. He was captured a second time later on and sentenced to death but he escaped and continued to help the Colonists, he was a true hero of the Revolution. Unfortunately you probably never heard of the jewish support of the Revolution in school because it isn't politically correct to teach about it.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jay

    Fidesben: At the risk of sounding unsympathetic you are, of course, correct unless she was protecting an invalid person who couldn't move. There is a very serious problem that has been growing in the U.S. since the sixties, radical liberals teaching their children to go to other countries and protest things they don't like. It's fine to do that but don't expect to be treated the way you are here, the world is an ugly place. Sad but true.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. itsamemario

    Its too bad that iraq is the way it is, i*d like to see the hanging gardens of babylon..nasty comments in 3 2 1..

    June 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. michaelfury

    June 27, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Israel has warned foreign journalists that accompanying the Humanitarian Flotilla or its coverage would be a crime under Israeli Law.
    Lo & Behold ! After our own dear country the rest of the world is now required to follow Israeli law.
    @ Jay ,sorry to correct you. Even here you cannot protest against the policies of the Zionist regime. The brave peace loving Jews who are trying to make Americans aware of the ugly truth about that regime like JStreet, Jewish Voice for Peace, Rabbis of North America for Peace, Gush Shalom & thousands others are targeted by AIPAC. And those of our politicos in the Senate & Congress who while eating off this land of ours swear allegiance to the Zionist regime in Israel.
    Public intellectual & respected academics who dare to raise their voices aaginst the policies of that regime aided by us are suppressed and shunned by our controlled media.
    Noam Chomsky, Uri Avnery, Ilan Pappi , Robert Fisk , Horowitz & many others.

    I pray for those courageous Americans who would board US 'Udacity of Hope' to stand on the side of Truth, Justice & Peace. May they remain safe – Amen.

    June 27, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
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