U.S. Backs Israel on Stopping ´Flytilla´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/17/12)
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The United States on Monday defended Israel’s actions to stop the
anti-Israel ‘flytilla’. Israel managed to stop the pre-publicized
event in its tracks, without fanfare.
“Israel is a sovereign nation. Like any sovereign nation, it has a
right to control the flow of people and goods through its ports,” AFP
quoted State Department spokesman Mark Toner as having told reporters
On Sunday, some 78 radical leftists and anarchists landed at Israel’s
Ben Gurion Airport, in an attempt to cause provocation.
56 of the activists were arrested, 18 were deported back to their
country of origin and four others are being held in a detention
center at the airport.
The activists who arrived at the airport were given sarcastic letters
in which they were ‘thanked’ for choosing Israel as their cause for
humanitarian concern. The letter suggested the activists first
protest again regimes such as Syria and Iran, and then come back to
Meanwhile, 47 foreigners were still being held pending deportation on
Monday, according to AFP.
Sabine Haddad, an Israeli immigration official, told the news
agency, “There are 47 people still awaiting deportation, including 37
French nationals, eight Britons, an Italian and a Canadian.”
She added, “Those who remain will be repatriated by the same airline
companies that brought them to Israel as soon as there are places
available for them.”
Haddad said the activists would be barred from entering Israel for
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with Public Security Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Sunday evening, and thanked the officers and
commanders of the Israel Police for their determined and successful
operation in foiling the ‘flytilla’.
Netanyahu told Aharonovitch, “The deployment of the operational and
diplomatic elements proved itself. Today, the world better
understands where the true problems are in the Middle East.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/17/12)
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