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Monday, January 02, 2012

Ismail Haniyeh visits the Mavi Marmara (with video)

Hamas 'Prime Minister' Ismail Haniyeh visited the Mavi Marmara in Istanbul on Monday.

Let's go to the videotape.

Haniyeh held a joint press conference with the IHH terror group aboard the ship.
"Your martyrs are our martyrs, your blood is our blood, your wounds are our wounds," Haniya in an address to hundreds of supporters of an Islamic aid group which had dispatched the ship to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.

"Israel, the invader, you may have stopped the Mavi Marmara from reaching Gaza but Gaza is now meeting the Mavi Marmara," he told the supporters gathered by the vessel.

The demonstrators waved Palestinian flags, chanting slogans such as "Welcome to Hamas" and "the resistance continues".

Haniya, who also met relatives of the victims of the raid, thanked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan for his support for the Palestinian cause.

On Sunday, Haniya held talks with Erdogan, whose government insists that peace cannot be achieved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if Hamas is excluded from the process.

Ankara has sought to mediate in efforts to reconcile Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah faction and Hamas, despite Israeli ire over its contacts with the Islamist movement.
Here's another picture of the ship (Hat Tip: Ben Birnbaum).

It reminds me a bit of this (not!). Let's go to the videotape.

No, the Mavi Marmara is not quite like the Love Boat, but I wanted to leave you with a more pleasant memory....

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