The Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, stated that in an interview, on the NPR Diane Rehm show this morning, 2 June 2010. “Particular ship was too large to stop by non-violent means.”. The discussion with the ambassador starts at about the 13:40 point in the show, at around the 30:22 min mark is when he makes the statement above near the end of that discussion, it was picked up quickly as they came back to the other guests and it was commented on.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 International condemnation and protests follow a deadly confrontation between Israel and Gaza-bound aid ships. Guest host Frank Sesno and our panelists explore what the crisis could mean for U.S. relations with Israel and other allies.
Hisham Melhem Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya TV, and Washington correspondent for “An-Nahar”
Aaron David Miller public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; former adviser to six U.S. Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations; author, most recently of “The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace.”
Adam Shapiro co-founder, Free Gaza Movement
Michael Oren Israeli ambassador to the U.S. former senior fellow at the Shalem Center; author of “Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East”
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With just that statement, added to those made since the tragic incident, many changing story lines from the Israeli’s to say the least, tells me that the attack on that ship was premeditated, i.e. all planned ahead, a military operation not a police action, which also means so were the orders for the live fire, reason there was live ammunition in the weapons of the Israeli commando’s as they dropped from the troop gunships to board the ship. That also means that there was no provocation for the Israeli commando’s to justify the rappelling onto the ship armed and ready for confrontation, which once started would have put into the minds of those on board that they were being attacked not for security but to do physical harm to as many as possible to gain control of the ship!
This all took place in International Waters which would mean that the planned attack was against International Law in possibly many area’s.