FM Liberman: There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Despite the crimes committed by the Hamas regime against Israeli citizens, Israel permits the transfer to Gaza of thousands of tons of supplies and equipment daily.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following the course of the flotilla to Gaza.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman visited the MFA this afternoon (Friday, 28 May 2010), and was briefed on the situation. At 3 pm an assessment of the situation was made, together with the Navy, in anticipation of the arrival of the flotilla to Israeli territorial waters.
During his visit to the MFA situation room, FM Liberman stated that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Despite the crimes committed by the Hamas regime against Israeli citizens and the launching of thousands of rockets at Israeli towns and settlements, Israel is acting in the most humane manner possible, permitting the transfer to Gaza of thousands of tons of supplies and equipment daily. According to MF Liberman, the flotilla is a violent attempt to provoke Israel. Israel will not permit any infringement of its sovereignty, on land, in the air and at sea.
Dep FM Ayalon: Flotilla’s goal is delegitimization of Israel
Deputy FM Ayalon: There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. If the flotilla had a genuine humanitarian goal, then its organizers should have transferred something for the abducted soldier Gilad Shalit as well.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon referred to the flotilla in an interview today (Saturday, 29 May 2010), and stated that „This is a provocation intended to delegitimize Israel. There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. If the flotilla had a genuine humanitarian goal, then its organizers should have transferred something for the abducted soldier Gilad Shalit as well. Their refusal to do so clearly indicates that humanitarian issues were not their goal. We will not allow the flotilla to enter Gaza, as this is an infringement of Israel’s sovereignty. We are organizing the information background, but information considerations are secondary to security and political considerations.”
Deputy FM Ayalon referred to the boycott of Israeli products by the Palestinian Authority, and stated that „After Israel declared its acceptance of the two state solution, froze construction and removed roadblocks, the Palestinians are continuing their incitement against Israel. This is a rejection of mutual trust. It is impossible to talk peace on the one hand, while continuing with incitement on the other.”
Regarding the situation in the Middle East, the Deputy Foreign Minister stated that „Israel is not escalating the situation. Iran is the only country who has an interest in escalating the situation in the region.” He added further that „The continued smuggling of weapons to Hizbullah is a blatant violation of UN Resolution 1701.”