Livni tells UN to stay out of flotilla investigation 6Oct10 October 7, 2010

Palestine Note -  6 October 2010

Washington – Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni has accused the United Nation’s appointment of a panel to investigate May’s flotilla incident of being “unacceptable” as it intervenes with Israeli affairs, Haaretz reported Wednesday.

“Any international intervention in military operations carried out by Israel is unacceptable, just as it would be unacceptable to any other country fighting terrorism,” Livni told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a meeting at the United Nations in New York.

The incident that took place on the Mavi Marmara Turkish flotilla on May 31st left 9 Turkish activists dead. “Israel is investigating the events of the flotilla itself, and that is enough,” said Livni, leader of Kadima, the second largest centrist party in Israel’s Knesset.

Livni also took the opportunity to denounce United Nations allowing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a platform with which to voice his anti-Israeli extremist opinions. President Ahmadinejad’s last speech at the UN General Assembly resulted in a walk-out of many delegates as he put forth claims that the United States orchestrated the September 11th terrorist attacks in an effort to support Israel’s “Zionist regime.” Livni pointed out that the Iranian leader’s rash remarks are proof that the US-imposed punitive economic sanctions are not enough. “There need to be added diplomatic sanctions that will prevent Iran’s leaders from gaining a platform for their extremist views,” Livni stated.

Secretary General Ban’s remarks to Livni revolved around Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank. He urged Israel to reinstate the construction freeze that recently expired on September 26th so that the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks have a chance to continue.

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