Cornyn defends Israel’s right to kill American citizen

By David Edwards
Sunday, June 6, 2010 12:00 EDT
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John Cornyn believes the killed pro-Palestinian activists that were killed in a clash with Israeli defense forces were asking for it.

ABC’s Jake Tapper asked Cornyn how the U.S. should react after Israeli commandos killed, Furkan Dogan, an U.S. citizen in the process of raiding an aid flotilla bound for Gaza.

“We don’t know all the circumstances yet. But It appears to be a premeditated provocation of Israel and an attempt to run the blockade that’s existed since Hamas took over Gaza,” Cornyn said Sunday.

“They are entitled, as matter of their self-defense, so look to see if weapons or other items are being smuggled in,” Cornyn continued.

“This was pretty clearly a premeditated provocation and it’s unfortunate that lives were lost. I think it should have been a situation like it had been before if the people organizing this flotilla had been committed to peaceful activity, as opposed to provocation, this would not have occurred and Israel would have been able to examine the contents of the flotilla and they would have been delivered to the people of Gaza who needed help,” said Cornyn.

This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast June 6, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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