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US Vice President Joe Biden has said Israel has the right to protect its security by boarding ships in international waters who are heading for Gaza, but warned Washington would cajole its ally on the plight of Palestinians.
Despite a wave of global outrage over the Israeli commando assault on a Gaza aid flotilla on Monday which killed nine people, the White House has so far refused to explicitly single out the Israeli government for blame.
"I think Israel has an absolute right to deal with its security interest," Biden said in an interview with the "Charlie Rose" show broadcast by PBS television late Wednesday.
"The truth of the matter is, Israel has a right to know -- they're at war with Hamas... whether or not arms are being smuggled in.
"It's legitimate for Israel to say, "I don't know what's on that ship. These guys are dropping eight -- 3,000 rockets on my people."
According to the AFP, Biden also said Washington, which has branded the situation in Gaza "untenable," would continue to press Israel to improve living conditions for Palestinians under the Gaza blockade.
"The one thing we have to do is not forget the plight of these Palestinians there ... they're in bad shape.
"So we have put as much pressure and as much cajoling on Israel as we can to allow them to get building materials in."
On Thursday, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell warned the Gaza flotilla tragedy should not be allowed to undermine US efforts to revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
Originally posted by Misoir
No country has any right to do an illegal blockade, let alone attack ships in international waters. But I guess the law doesn't matter to you people ...
[edit on 6/4/10 by Misoir]
Originally posted by YJLTG
What a complete moron and utter bastard. I bet he would be happy when someone hijack and kidnap his family when he's going enroute in car and then also claimthe hijackers had that right.