Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Mike Finnerty.
Part One of The Current
It's Tuesday July 5th.
Yesterday in PEI, Prince William boarded a Sea King helicopter and participated in a drill of emergency landings.
Or as Sea King pilots call them, usual landings.
This is the Current.
It is a high stakes game being played out in front of the world's media. A flotilla of ten or so boats bobbing in the sea waiting, its supporters say, to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza and bring in supplies.
The Israeli government sees a darker intent. They say these boats are the tip of a spear aimed at the legitimacy of the Jewish State. And some Israeli authorities have put it about that a violent radical element is infused among the blockade runners. Last year, a different flotilla was stopped by the Israeli Navy and nine activists aboard were killed.
Since then Israel has loosened restrictions on incoming civilian goods, but the flotilla organizers say it isn't good enough and they will challenge the blockade to bring what they say are goods vitally needed by the people of Gaza.
So, what is the truth behind all the spin? To talk about the competing views, we were joined by Yigal Palmor, the chief spokesperson of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. He was in Jerusalem. Sari Bashi is the director of Gisha -- an Israeli human rights organization that promotes freedom of movement for Palestinians. She joined us from Tel Aviv.
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