Only a country free from the Rothschild central bank can openly point out the obvious.
The statement was issued after an inquiry into Israel’s attack on the Mavi Marmara, the flagship of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, on May 31, 2010 ruled that Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip is both legal and appropriate.
The report was leaked to the New York Times on Thursday, the day before it was delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office.
The UN-mandated inquiry also ruled that Israel’s action, in which nine Turkish citizens were killed, was “excessive” but not a violation of international law and has held both Israel and the Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists responsible for the violence.
On Friday, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and suspended all military agreements over its refusal to apologize for last year’s raid on the flotilla.
Following is the text of the Foreign Ministry’s statement:
The Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran expresses its serious concern about the exertion of influence by the Zionist regime in the process of the preparation of the report by the UN fact-finding committee tasked with investigating the atrocity committed by this regime, namely its attack on the Turkish aid ship in Gaza’s waters.
The report came as a surprise to many diplomatic circles since it said that the Zionist regime’s illegal and inhumane actions and its blockade of the Gaza Strip are legal and appropriate.
After it was agreed that a fact-finding committee would be established, the Zionist regime set many preconditions to be able to manipulate the process of investigation and the final result.
The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the fact that the Zionist regime’s ambassador has been expelled from Ankara and calls for efforts to be made to prevent this regime from manipulating international independent inquiries.
Unfortunately, after the publication of the report by (Head of the UN Fact Finding Mission) Mr. (Justice) Richard Goldstone, in which the crimes committed by the Zionist regime were mentioned and its actions were condemned as illegal, we witnessed that this regime made attempts to exert pressure (on the UN) to change the result of the report. And in the report of the fact-finding committee investigating the attack on the Freedom Flotilla, we once again witnessed this regime’s efforts to distort realities.
(Goldstone presented a report on war crimes committed by Israel during its 2008-2009 military offensive in Gaza to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 29, 2009, accusing Israel of crimes against humanity.)
The Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes that the UN should guard against any exertion of influence by the Zionist regime in the preparation of the fact-finding committees’ reports on Gaza and their results, and hopes that these points will be taken into consideration in the official report, which will be released in the future.