Ahmadinejad, Erdogan, Da Silva et al.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
An international front to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip should be formed, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday in a phone conversation with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, the Teheran Times reported.
“This criminal action revealed the real nature of the Zionists,” Ahmadinejad said, adding that now the approach of countries toward this outrageous action would be a “test for their honesty.”
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According to the Teheran Times
report Haniyeh said that Iran is the only nation that has always been on the side of the Palestinian nation. “We should try to revive the Palestinian nation’s violated rights and end the siege of Gaza,” he added.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki thanked Europe and the
international community for the "harsh response" to Israel's "barbaric
operation," saying Iran identified with the "shahids" who were
killed in the IDF raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla.
In the days since the Navy's raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla
condemnations have been streaming in from Arab countries. Messages of
carefully-couched rebuke have been coming from Israel's allies, many
urging Israel to include an “international element” in any commission of
inquiry into the incident, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.