Haaretz Claims Greek Bailout Used by Netanyahu to Block Gaza Flotilla 51


Haaretz is trumpeting that Netanyahu was able to use his support for the Greek bailout to block the Gaza flotilla. I don’t buy that Netanyahu had that much influence on the bailout, or could persuade Papandreou that he had. But the actions of the Greek government are disgraceful, and unlawful in preventing ships from sailing on politically motivated false pretences. Every Greek should be deeply ashamed of their government. Of course, they already are, for different reasons.

Some of my FCO sources tell me that the Israeli government has now been supplying the Greek government with emergency supplies of tear gas and other unspecified “anti-riot equipment”, as the Greek government ran out. Isn’t the Greek government lucky to have a friend like Natanyahu?


51 thoughts on “Haaretz Claims Greek Bailout Used by Netanyahu to Block Gaza Flotilla

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  • Duncan McFarlane

    I’m sure you’re right he doesn’t have that much influence directly Craig, but AIPAC have a huge amount of influence in the US and Netanyahu could pull strings there and get AIPAC to make offers of support and threats of withdrawing support/political attacks to the Obama administration and members of congress.

    Many of them are so blindly pro-Israel anyway that they might not even need any pressure.

    Obama has also caved to Republican and right wing Democrat pressure on his health care plans (greatly watered down), Honduras and many other things. So his admin may have been putting pressure on the Greek government via the IMF.

    The Greek government might also want to avoid anything that might upset anyone inlfuential in the US and so risk making the terms of the IMF/EU (very conditional) bail-out package even harsher

  • Clark

    Courtenay Barnett, thanks for the link to the YouTube video of the Tripoli demonstration.
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    I’ve found more footage of the Gaddafi support rally on the BBC. The BBC did not give it a headline, instead it got a little link “Thousands attend pro-Gaddafi rally” within a headline’s box “Clinton dismisses Gaddafi threats”. Actually visiting the page leads to a video. The headline there also mentions “thousands”, but the two lines of explanation beneath states “tens of thousands”, after again mentioning Gaddafi threats against Europe. The video has none of the wide-angle shots of the YouTube video that show the true extent of the crowd, which clearly exceeds tens of thousands when seen on YouTube.
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    This is blatant propaganda by the BBC.

  • Clark

    Courtenay, I’m having no trouble viewing that video on YouTube. What makes you think they’re blocking it?
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    Wikipedia: “In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and now operates as a subsidiary of Google.”

  • Courtenay Barnett

    Clark,
    All noted. I am sensitive about going off topic, but it really gets to me with all these fucking useless wars.
    I am here having a beer with a couple friends and just was reflecting on the history of the Congo – the “Congo free state” of King Leopold. I joked that back then the colonial power was brutal in its approach of chopping off hands, enslavement and whipping the people into subjugation. Now, of course, we are very civilized – we just bomb them into submission.
    How much longer are people going to embrace these fucking, lunatic wars?

  • Courtenay Barnett

    @ Clark,

    “Courtenay, I’m having no trouble viewing that video on YouTube. What makes you think they’re blocking it?”

    Maybe not that one yet, but in finding a suitable video to post, I did find a couple blocks with others. Should enough people protest they just may stop the blocking to preserve some integrity.

  • mary

    The spelling of Craig’s name here made me smile.
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    Haaretz Claims Greek Bailout Used by Netanyahu to Block Gaza Flotilla
    Craig Murraynd
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    July 2, 2011
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    Haaretz is trumpeting that Netanyahu was able to use his support for the Greek bailout to block the Gaza flotilla. I don’t buy that Netanyahu had that much influence on the bailout, or could persuade Papandreou that he had. But the actions of the Greek government are disgraceful, and unlawful in preventing ships from sailing on politically motivated false pretences. Every Greek should be deeply ashamed of their government. Of course, they already are, for different reasons.
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    Some of my FCO sources tell me that the Israeli government has now been supplying the Greek government with emergency supplies of tear gas and other unspecified “anti-riot equipment”, as the Greek government ran out. Isn’t the Greek government lucky to have a friend like Natanyahu?
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    :: Article nr. 79175 sent on 02-jul-2011 21:09 ECT
    Link: http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2011/07/haaretz-claims-greek-bailout-used-by-net
    anyahu-to-block-gaza-flotilla/

  • mark_golding

    Not sure I understood your post Mary or the link – but I am full of rage at the moment after investigated a complaint lodged against ‘The Audacity of Hope’ by Shurat HaDin Israeli Law Center that the vessel is not sea-worthy.
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    I have written to Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner asking her to explain the public statement she made that, “The flotilla is linked to radical Islamist groups, making it an act against Israel, which is a nation friendly to Greece,” having failed to contact her by phone:
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    kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/greek-port-authorities-detain-six-gaza-flotilla-ships/
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    www(dot)ynetnews(dot)com/articles/0,7340,L-4087546,00.html
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    Ms Leitner and her group has also warned maritime insurers against insuring the flotilla boats because such an act may “be liable to aiding and abetting a terror organisation.” She referred to Hamas, the Islamic organisation that rules Gaza and which is viewed by Israel as a terrorist group.
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    I can confirm from a legal document (thanx Alec) that legal action by Leitner was also being taken against *London-based* Inmarsat, one of the biggest providers of satellite services to the maritime industry, after the company rejected its demand to halt the supply of communication equipment to the boats. So this bitch is also trying to screw a British company!
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    Such diplomatic and legal efforts are being compounded by attempts by some Israeli officials to limit media coverage of the protest.
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    On Sunday, the Israeli government press office threatened that foreign journalists who board the Gaza-bound ships may be banned for up to 10 years from entering the country.
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    I am furious and need some help to begin my own counter-arguments that will include past UN resolutions against the occupation of Gaza.

  • Jonangus Mackay

    OT . . . Wish I’d kept my mouth shut. The way you tell it, Craig, so now, presumably, does she.

  • Clark

    “Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said that 95% of [Gaza’s] drinking water is below World Health Organization (WHO) standards, stressing that the Israeli practices contributed to decreasing the availability of drinking water and increased level of contamination of Gaza underground water reserves.
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    It reported that the Israeli authorities dug more than 26 wells along the armistice demarcation line between Israel and Gaza in an attempt to prevent the flow of ground water.
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    It said that Israeli forces deliberately destroyed the infrastructure of the water sector in Gaza, targeting wells, reservoirs, ponds , the main supply lines and irrigation systems.
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    As for the quality of the drinking water, the fact sheet said that the level of chloride in the water wells exceeds by eight times the WHO criteria. The nitrate concentration increased in most wells also to eight times WHO’s criteria”
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    http://peakwater.org/?p=5696

  • YugoStiglitz

    I’m still waiting for you to explain the conspiracy against DSK. In your initial post about DSK, you said something like, “They did it to me, so they did to him.” Care to explain that? Has that disappeared from your original post?

    Btw, what does it matter that this woman came from Poland or Argentina or the Ivory Coast or Namibia? In your initial posts on this issue (in which you were claiming a silly conspiracy) you couldn’t help but note where this claimant was from. I’ve already forgotten where she is from. You’re a racist, so you know exactly where she’s from, and you dismiss her.

  • mary

    Mark. It was a repeat of this post by Craig on Uruknet with his name spelt as Murraynd.
    {http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m79175&hd=&size=1&l=e}

    This morning on BBC Radio 4 Sunday there was this extremely partial report in favour of Israel about the flotilla. Note the reporter Yolanda Nell Sp? is speaking from Jerusalem. She is a new name to me, is nowhere near Greece of course but a good spinner.
    55secs in http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b0128hs0

    The BBC website page about the arrest of the captain of the Audacity to Hope is little different.

  • mary

    Clark What you say is exactly the case. The BBC reporter on Sunday this morning was putting out the line that there is virtually no problem about shortages in Gaza now that the crossings are open. Untrue. She went on to say (which is the line Blair and the Israelis have been putting out) that the emphasis should be on exports. As you will read here, horticultural exports, which exacerbate the deterioration in water supply and quality, should be discouraged and any food grown should be for local consumption.
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    Ms Nell has probably never been to Gaza but is obviously close the Israeli PR setup.
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    Not a Quart into a Pint Pot but a Quart from a Pint Pot
    Sunday, 02 March 2008
    Water for Gaza’s 1.5 million People
    http://dhalpin.infoaction.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=53&Itemid=2
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    On the same website there is a lengthy article on ‘Man Made Disease in Gaza’ which formed the basis of a talk to medical students at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth.
    {http://dhalpin.infoaction.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=74&Itemid=2}
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    What has happened to the reply function?

  • Mark

    ‘Btw, what does it matter that this woman came from Poland or Argentina or the Ivory Coast or Namibia’

    Yugostiglitz once again gets the wooden spoon for his comprehension skills. Craig made it pretty clear in his first posts about the DSK affaire that the fact the maid hailed from Guinea, in francophone west Africa, made her claims particularly suspect amongst his Ghanaian friends. So, in the context of those posts, the maid’s country of origin did indeed matter.

  • Clark

    YugoStiglitz, I think the quote you’re looking for is this one:
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    “Those who deny the very possibility that modern western governments connive in quite deliberate conspiracies of injustice, have no idea what they are talking about. If you threaten them in any political way, they can certainly fabricate evidence against you.

    I know; they did it to me.”
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    There are “trackbacks” at the bottom of that thread, to websites that republished Craig’s article. Comparison with this one shows that Craig has not edited the article:
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    http://teakdoor.com/world-news/91248-imf-head-dominique-strauss-kahn-frances-19.html#post1761831
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    Really, Yugo, if you’re now remembering things differently than the way they actually were, perhaps it’s time you had a check-up from the neck up? Obsession can be unhealthy.

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