Jerusalem: In an unusual step, Israel, which is facing global criticism for attacking an aid flotilla, has said violent incidents in countries like India and Pakistan in the past one month which claimed 500 lives have been 'ignored' while it is being condemned for its 'unmistakably defensive actions'. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 'reminded' the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that in the past month alone 500 people were killed in various incidents in Thailand, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and India, a Foreign Ministry statement said. 'While the international community remained silent and passive, and generally ignored the occurences, Israel is being condemned for unmistakably defensive actions,' a Foreign
Ministry statement quoted Lieberman as saying.
This is the first time that Israel has dragged India intoa controversy. New Delhi has already condemned the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip saying there was no justification for indiscriminate use of force. He is understood to have told Ban that the incident related to Gaza aid flotilla was about the 'basic right of Israeli soldiers to defend themselves against an attack by a gang of thugs and terror supporters who had prepared clubs, metal crowbars and knives in advance of confrontation.' Lieberman expressed 'regret' at the behaviour of the international community. 'All of Israel's proposals to the Turkish government to transfer the humanitarian aid in an orderly manner were rejected by flottila's organisers,' Lieberman was quoted as saying.
He also accused activists participating in the mission of intentionally trying to breach Israel's sovereignty and creating 'provocation that would cause bloodshed'. In an emergency session yesterday,the UN Security Council called for an investigation into Israel's deadly commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip on Monday, condemning the act that resulted in the loss of at least nine lives. '... the Security Council resolution is unacceptable and contributes nothing to the promotion of peace and stability in the Middle East,' Lieberman said. PTI