A bus full of bankers from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other lenders bounces down a dirt track in New Zealand’s North Island to survey sites that are dividing the nation, pitting John Key’s government against Maori who have lived here for centuries.
Israel will expel today all 19 passengers and crew from an aid ship intercepted this weekend while trying to breach the country’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, days after a similar attempt to reach the coastal area left nine activists dead.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a government-appointed inquiry that Israeli commandos acted in self-defense when they opened fire after boarding a ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, killing nine Turkish activists.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said government leaders considered the possibility that naval commandos would meet violent resistance aboard an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip on which nine activists were killed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel wouldn’t cooperate with a United Nations probe into its May 31 naval raid on a Gaza aid flotilla if the UN tries to question soldiers who took part in the operation.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an inquiry panel that he tried to dissuade Turkey from allowing a flotilla to challenge Israel’s Gaza blockade and that Israeli commandos acted in self-defense when they opened fire after boarding one of the ships.