(Communicated by the Foreign Minister's Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman is conducting a series of conversations with his counterparts from various countries. FM Liberman spoke a short time ago with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Baroness Catherine Ashton, and with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. The Israeli foreign minister told them that the passengers on the ships are not freedom fighters, but terrorist supporters who fired at IDF soldiers as soon as the latter boarded the ships.
FM Liberman explained to his colleagues that all Israeli attempts to enter into a dialogue at an earlier stage and reach an understanding with the organizers of the flotilla were rejected by them. Likewise, these "human rights knights" rejected an Israeli request to ask Hamas to allow the Red Cross to visit Gilad Shalit. What happened this morning was pre-planned violence and Israeli does not intend to allow any attack on its sovereignty by groups of terror-supporters and anarchists.
Liberman told Ashton and Westerwelle that Israel expects an objective approach that does not play into the hands of the planners of this violent provocation, who bear sole responsibility for the unfortunate consequences.