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January 20, 2009

Tzipi Livni Not Interested In My Fascinating Observations

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Friday. While there she took questions from members, including Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy. Sam asked her a question that included my observation that Israel cited the 1967 blockage of the Straits of Tiran as a justification for the Six Day War.

As you can see in this segment by the Real News, Livni didn't care to address that in any way. However, the NPC did cut Sam's microphone. This section starts at about 6:00:

HUSSEINI: Why did you continue the blockade of Gaza, and you continue the blockade of Gaza. You've stopped several civilian boats from giving aid, the free Gaza boat for example, you cited a blockade as the cause for the 1967 war. When you had a truce with Hamas you continued the blockade of Gaza, a cause for a war by your own definition...On November 4th you killed six Gaza people…Why did you do that, why did you in effect kill the cease fire with a blockade, and on November 4th…

LIVNI (interrupting): The crossings between Israel and Gaza are open for humanitarian needs, and were open for humanitarian needs during the truce before that and even now during the military operation, thank you.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at January 20, 2009 08:00 AM

BLOOD in the streets up to my ankles
(Keep playing)
BLOOD in the streets up to my knees
(Keep playing)
BLOOD will be born in the death of a nation
(Keep playing)
BLOOD on the rise is following me----The Doors

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 20, 2009 02:37 PM

I think she was being momentarily honest about her views when she started to say, "the Gaza strip is an obstacle..."

Posted by: Versen at January 20, 2009 11:15 PM

Tzipi the Pinhead.

Posted by: Riggsveda at January 21, 2009 10:50 AM

Is this an unusual occurrence at the National Press Club? Who sponsored Livni's appearance?

Posted by: Nell at January 21, 2009 04:35 PM

By 'this' I mean 'cutting a questioner's mike', just to clarify.

Posted by: Nell at January 21, 2009 04:41 PM