Day: September 5, 2011

UN: Israel’s Gaza Blockade Is Legal; Turkey Fumes

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The United Nations on Friday officially approved Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip as a legal and legitimate measure. The result was the start of a Middle East "cold war" between Israel and former ally Turkey.

For more than a year Turkey has been demanding that Israel publicly apologize for intercepting a so-called "humanitarian aid" flotilla that tried to break the Gaza blockade in May 2010. That operation ended in the deaths of nine Turkish nationals who attacked the Israeli boarding party aboard the flotilla’s largest ship, the Mavi Marmara.

Turkey insisted that the entire affair had been an act of piracy by Israel, and openly sided with Gaza’s Hamas rulers.