Venezuela and US Responses to Israeli Attack

Posted on June 1, 2010

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CHAVEZ STATEMENT 

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs

Statement

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Commander Hugo
Chávez, emphatically condemns the brutal massacre perpetrated by the
State of Israel against the members of the Liberty Flotilla, as a
result of the war action started by the Israeli Army against
defenseless civilians, who tried to carry humanitarian aid supplies
to the Palestine people of the Gaza Strip, who are victim of the
criminal blockage imposed by the State of Israel.

President Hugo Chávez, on behalf of his government and the Venezuelan
people, expresses his deepest regret and sends his deepest
condolences to the families and relatives of the heroes who have been
victim of this state crime, and commit to honor their memory and to
give the necessary help so that the responsible of this murderers are
severely punished.

The revolutionary government of Venezuela will continue denouncing
the terrorist and criminal nature of Israel, and it reaffirms, today
more than ever, its unbreakable commitment with the fight of the
Palestinian people for freedom, the sovereignty and the dignity.

Caracas, May 31, 2010
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs
May 31, 2010

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RESPONSE 

Obama administration response to Israel’s murderous attack in international waters on humanitarian workers: there is no blockade of Gaza, blame Hamas, the humanitarian flotilla was a provocation.

Remarks by Ambassador Alejandro Wolff, Deputy Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations, at an Emergency Session of the Security Council

Alejandro Wolff
Deputy  Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 

New York, NY

May 31, 2010

AS DELIVERED

http://usun.state.gov/briefing/statements/2010/142381.htm

Thank you, Mr. President and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Fernandez-Taranco.

The United States is deeply disturbed by the recent violence and regrets the tragic loss of life and injuries suffered among those involved in the incident last night aboard the Gaza-bound ships.  We are working to ascertain the facts.  We expect a credible and transparent investigation and strongly urge the Israeli government to investigate the incident fully.

As I stated in the Chamber in December 2008, when we were confronted by a similar situation, mechanisms exist for the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by member states and groups that want to do so.  These non-provocative and non-confrontational mechanisms should be the ones used for the benefit of all those in Gaza. Direct delivery by sea is neither appropriate nor responsible, and certainly not effective, under the circumstances. 

The United States remains deeply concerned by the suffering of civilians in Gaza, and the deterioration of the situation there, including the humanitarian and human rights situation.  We continue to believe the situation is unsustainable and is not in the interests of any of those concerned.  We will continue to engage the Israelis on a daily basis to expand the scope and type of goods allowed into Gaza to address the full range of the population’s humanitarian and recovery needs.  Hamas’ interference with international assistance shipments and the work of nongovernmental organizations complicates efforts in Gaza.  Its continued arms smuggling and commitment to terrorism undermines security and prosperity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.  

We will continue to work closely with the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, along with international NGOs and the UN, to provide adequate access for humanitarian goods, including reconstruction materials, through the border crossings, while bearing in mind the Government of Israel’s legitimate security concerns. 

Ultimately, this incident underscores the need to move ahead quickly with negotiations that can lead to a comprehensive peace in the region.  The only viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an agreement, negotiated between the parties, that ends the occupation that began in 1967 and fulfills the aspirations of both parties for independent homelands through two states for two peoples, Israel and an independent, contiguous, and viable state of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.  We call again on our international partners – both inside and outside this Council – to promote an atmosphere of cooperation between the parties and throughout the entire region.     

Thank you, Mr. President.

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