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Saturday Israel intercepted -- -- ship challenging its blockade of Gaza this after Israelis boarded a Turkish ship earlier this week.
And had a violent confrontation and killed nine of the protest.
Joining us now with Israel's ambassador to the US Michael -- and ambassador welcome.
To FOX News Sunday this morning.
There are reports that your government is now considering ways to ease the blockade and to.
Ideas that are being seriously considered -- -- -- either to create -- an international naval force that would stop ships that wouldn't be an Israeli verses protesters confrontation or.
To have the -- stopped first at a foreign port to be inspected.
Our -- those ideas on the table.
Purple and we say we regret all the casualties in this incident Chris between the Israeli casualties from our boys were were shot beaten over the head thrown overboard thinks this is severe injuries -- be.
We are open to any.
Ideas -- how to somehow.
Deal with the -- situation but keep in mind an international force failed in Lebanon prevent Hezbollah from tripling its rocket arsenal.
Talking about -- -- here we're not talking about a -- organizations organization that sworn to destroy the State of Israel but.
Or has fired 101000 rockets and -- ask you about the blockade sir are you thinking trying to come up with a way.
To remove the flashpoint from the blockade while still protecting your.
And -- and say as were open to any ideas but there's no simple idea.
If the sea lanes are open to got to Hamas and Gaza they were -- they will acquire thousands of rockets.
That will threaten every single system the State of Israel an awful kill the peace process.
Along those lines there is a report out of Iran today.
The supreme leader Ayatollah nominate is forces there are supporters are saying.
That the is it raining in revolutionary guard stands ready to provide a military escort to any ships headed to -- your reaction.
The action is Israel will do whatever it takes to defend itself from Hamas terror.
And if the revolutionary guard provides a military escort.
Israel will do what -- have to do to defend seven point five million -- The other big issue is how to investigate the confrontation.
Yes Israeli soldiers were hurt but also nine people on board the ship protestors activists militants would be want to call them.
Were killed UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is now calling for an international commission will your government go along with.
Israel that democracy.
Israel has the ability and the right.
To investigate itself not to be investigated by any international.
Board I don't think the United States would want.
An international inquiry into its military activities in Afghanistan for example.
So you rejecting the idea of an international commission.
We are rejecting the idea international commission we are discussing with the Obama administration the way in which our inquiry we'll take place.
But the notion of some international commission coming along and judging Israel's right to defend itself.
That's not -- and when you say -- you're considering ways in which the Israeli investigates would take place.
Are you would considering or will you agree that there should be some international foreign participation and -- This is an ongoing discussion in the Israeli government but at the end of the day Israel has the right the duty as a democracy.
To investigate any military activity it turns out that one of the nine people killed on that Turkish -- was a young man name.
For Clinton -- A teenager who held US citizenship.
According to -- us with a Turkish officials he was shot four times -- -- had.
And one time in the chest at close range how is that consistent.
With the Israeli account of the incident.
He's really Cavendish -- -- incident is that we had no choice but to board the ship the ship was too large start by technical means.
Our soldiers came on board that ship armed with people on this and they were salted with iron bars with knives and we believe also with firearms toolbar soldiers suffered.
And our soldiers are -- protect themselves they had sidearms.
They use outside -- only to save their own lives that was necessary if it was such a case of extreme self defense.
How does a young man got get shot four times -- -- -- one time of the testicles were truthful we don't have the Turkish sources to rely on -- and Turkey has not been an impartial.
A party in this entire episode.
But having said that when the soldiers face for the life threatening situation he takes the means necessary to save his.
Secretary of state Clinton made a tough statement the day after.
That the raid and and the killings took place let's.
The situation in Gaza is unsustainable.
Israel's legitimate security needs must be met just as the Palestinians.
Legitimate needs for sustained humanitarian assistance.
US Israeli relations which were already.
-- our relationship with the Obama district and throughout this episode has been very close and very cooperative.
And very open we are discussing ways in which we can address this very complex Gaza situation but the administration understand.
That Hamas armed with thousands of rockets not only threatens seven point five million Israelis but it's the end of the peace process.
-- -- -- stand that the Palestinian Authority will collapse and this administration as much as it is committed.
Israel securities also committed to seeing historic peace between Israel and the Palestinian.
But on the other hand you say it's been close and cooperative the the State Department continues to say that before this incident took place that they -- caution.
On Israel and you've denied.
But we did not receive messages of that nature -- receive messages on ways to induce the Turks.
To try to dissuade this this (%expletive) from trying to but I didn't want OK put up with if I'm -- let's put up on the screen PJ Crowley the State Department spokesman.
Said this and this is after you were denied any advanced warning we express to the Israelis the need for caution and restraint.
In dealing with civilians including American citizens.
Say again that particular message not come to us but other messages did and again we are very close cooperation and communication with the Obama administration.
And I'll -- personally throughout this entire episode.
Days of work with the administration I never heard one word of criticism not one rancorous comment at all to it -- -- final aspect of this we've only got a couple of minutes left to discuss them.
Even some of your friends are saying.
You this has served to take the focus off -- -- the US is trying to get tough new sanctions against Iran through the UN instead everybody's talking about Israel.
And also Turkey it's been one of you were few.
Allies Israel's few allies in the Middle East you've been very tough on them you've said that they are turning away from the west.
-- does going anti semitism there they're demanding a public apology.
When the first -- the -- issue because you raise that first.
What -- main issue has to do with attempts to provide rockets and advanced military equipment hamas' is beyond me we know that there is a energetic movement now in the UN.
To pass the fourth sanctions resolution a -- next week and we're confident that will happen.
-- for Turkey with fat Turkey it was a long time friend the State of Israel but Turkey's policies of change our policies haven't changed and -- -- Turkey.
That has embraced -- -- and embrace Hamas.
And we with great sadness we want -- preserve our relationship with Turkey but they have taken a different direction we will welcome any attempt to.
Shore up our relationship with -- and very briefly will Israel.
Accede to Turkey's demand to apologize for your role in the incident -- we will not apologize for taking the -- -- it's necessary to defend its citizens.
And will not apologize.
From -- measures that we're necessarily taken to defend -- -- ambassador or and we -- -- thank you come so much for coming in today and answering -- -- questions please come Baxter thank you.
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