Israeli UN ambassador writes letter on upcoming flotilla

In letter to UNSC, Ron Prosor calls impending flotilla a "provocation" that is "clearly designed to serve an extremist political agenda.”

By JORDANA HORN, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
June 22, 2011 19:57
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Ron Prosor, UN Ambassador

Ron Prosor 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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NEW YORK – Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor sent a letter to the Security Council and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday to express concern over the impending flotilla, calling it a provocation that “holds the potential for dangerous consequences.”

Pointing out that there are established channels through which humanitarian assistance can go to the Gaza Strip, including through Israel, Prosor wrote that the flotilla is “clearly designed only to serve an extremist political agenda.”

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Prosor also emphasized that many groups participating in this flotilla – such as the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza, the Free Gaza Movement, and the International Solidarity Movement –“maintain ties with extremist and terrorist organizations, including Hamas.”

“Some flotilla organizers have made comments to the media indicating their plans to employ a range of tactics to resist the enforcement of the naval blockade by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF),” Prosor wrote. “These tactics, which might include physical confrontation with the IDF, could spark unnecessary violence resulting in harm to persons and property.”

Prosor noted that both Ban and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have spoken out against such flotillas in the past year.

“These kinds of actions are particularly troubling in light of the present turmoil in the Middle East. The international community must send an unambiguous message to the organizers of these provocations that such initiatives only serve to raise tensions in our region,” Prosor wrote, calling Israel “firmly determined to enforce the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.”

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