Olson Statement on Isreal, UN, Gaza Blockade
Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement as details about the events involving a Turkish-sponsored flotilla and Israeli Defense Forces continue to surface:
â€œUnlike many of her international counterparts, Secretary Clinton was correct at the outset to urge caution, and not rush to judgment until we learned the facts. We now know the facts.
â€œThe Israeli Naval blockade is executed in accordance with international law. The blockade is necessary to prevent the flow of weapons into Gaza to be used against Israelis. The phony â€œpeace activistsâ€ aboard the Flotilla did not want to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, they wanted to break the blockade. The violence was instigated by the brutal terrorists aboard the ship, not the Israeli servicemen. The Israeli Naval Commandos rightly believed their lives to be in danger and responded appropriately.
â€œThe international response is unfounded, misplaced, and outrageous. I join my colleagues in supporting Israelâ€™s right to defend themselves and the right of the Israeli Navy to use force when attacked.â€