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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The United Nations Security Council early Tuesday condemned the actions that led to deaths on a flotilla bound for Gaza, and called for a "transparent" investigation."]

U.N. condemns fatal raid on flotilla, calls for prompt inquiry

(CNN) – The United Nations Security Council said early Tuesday that it deeply regretted the loss of lives on the humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza and condemned the actions that led to the deaths.

"The Security Council deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force during the Israeli military operation in international waters against the convoy sailing to Gaza," the council said in a statement. "The council in this context condemns those acts which resulted in the loss of at least 10 civilians and expresses condolences to the families."

Israel has placed the number of deaths at nine, while organizers of the flotilla said the number was higher. Read more

BP plots next move; Obama, panel meet

President Obama will meet Tuesday with the heads of a new commission created to investigate how to prevent future oil spills like the devastating leak from BP's Gulf of Mexico well.

White House aides said Obama will make public comments after meeting with former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida and former Environmental Protection Agency administrator William Reilly. The two are leading a commission that has six months to issue a report with recommendations on how to prevent future spills resulting from offshore drilling. Read more

Program Note: BP Managing Director Bob Dudley will join us live this morning. We'll ask him about the cut and cap operation and the back up plan should that fail. Also, the Gulf oil spill is not only taking a toll on livelihoods and wildlife, but also on BP. We'll tell you why some experts predict the oil giant may not be able to survive this disaster.

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  1. Pauly

    Israel wasn't defending their country. They were defending their blockade which is a political action. The blockade was ordered after Hamas won elections. Israel is trying to punish Palestinians for electing the party they felt held their best interests.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  2. Ronny

    Google how many dead Israeli women and children there has been vs. how many dead Palestinians women and children there have been.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  3. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Complete and total incompetence. This phrase best describes the oil industry, the US government, and all who are "involved" with this oil spill catastrophe. Plugging the leak has been the first priority and apparently is far from having a complete resolution. Why wasn't surface oil containment the first priority? Isn't there such things as oil booms that will contain oil in 15-20 foot rolling waves? These oil plumes, are they bottom-up? Or, are they top-down as a result of dispersants? At some point in time (soon after the explosion) the oil spill was in relatively small area, immediately surrounding the oil rig. Why wasn't the oil confined then? For that matter, what does containing the oil have to do with stopping the leak? Those who are attempting to stop the leak, have nothing to do with containing the oil at the surface. Complete and total incompetence.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  4. Pauly

    Sen Liebermann criticizes the "brutal attack" on Israeli soldiers. Who attacked who, Joe? The IDF attacked civilian aid workers, not terrorists or foreign soldiers!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  5. Ronny

    Israel doesn't .. and has never followed the "rule of law" when it comes to the Arabs. Get real. Face reality.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  6. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Right Ronny, and who has the mental illness? Israel is a democracy and follows the rule of law! As for the Palestinians they have no control over their people and this is why Israel keeps on being attacked and stands up to those who attack them!

    June 1, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  7. Pauly

    Big oil has been polluting the waters of this country & the world for a long time. No to mention what they have been doing to the air quality. Much is being made about the damage being done by the BP leak in the Gulf. For decades, these co's have decimated countries like Nigeria w/o much of a whimper from Americans.

    Environmentalists have exposed the damage that big oil was doing & warned of a spill like this one. The consensus was, so what, they are helping our economy. Both LA Senators, at least one parish president & others have continued their objections to any moratorium on drilling. They have falsely claimed that drilling in shallower waters don't pose the same risks. They forget the Ixtoc 1 spill that was in 160 ft of water & took 10 months to get under control.

    If the Gulf states want to live by the sword, (big oil), then they should be willing to die by the sword, (big oil). Don't as Carville says, cry & beg, when something goes wrong. Don't reap the benefits from big oil then come running to the federal govt when things go wrong. The federal govt doesn't enjoy royalties from oil drilling. Don't criticize the govt for trying to deal w/ a problem they are unequipped to handle. The govt isn't in the oil drilling biz.

    So if you want to cry drill baby drill, be ready when it becomes spill baby spill!!! You were warned for years but didn't believe because you were blinded by the big bucks that you reaped from big oil. Please take some responsibility for your ignorance. You can't have your cake & eat it too!!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  8. Patriot

    WOW, the passive liberals and others who see what Israel did was wrong.. WAKE UP< this is life not dream and fantasy land. Fist : Israel does not fire rockets at just anything..!!

    Thanks folks after reading all your post I just tossed a good breakfast ...
    You shame them for doing the same thing every single country does...
    If they had nothing to hide and were " PEACEFUL" aid workers,, then someone didn't teach them peaceful manners...

    This blog is losing it and also giving it away...

    June 1, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  9. Ray Wong

    Also the world would be a much safer place if the dynamics where reversed in the middle east.

    US to be partnerships with all the Muslim countries in the middle east against one terrorist state Israel.

    Humans can not live in a state of injustice. We we right the wrongs of our unquestionable support for Israel. The US would sooth and put out the flames of Islamic fanatics.

    Injustice is the prerequisite to fanaticism.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  10. Ronny

    Dan... it has already been determined that you are delusional and every statement you make further proves it and further shows that you know what you speak of.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  11. Patriot

    This upcoming part about the NYC Bomb Squad,, what they feel now is nothing to what they will be feeling after a Mosque is built.. Then it will be like Israel and we will live with Anxiety .

    No to the Mosque has a large and growing support, its on the web check it out.... A few pages are calling on a boycott of NYC...

    June 1, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  12. Ronny

    Everything Israel stands for is totally anti-American and is an embarrassment to the US.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  13. Ray Wong

    I find the blatant disregard for human like by Israel appalling and down right disgusting. Both for lives on the flotilla and also the lives the millions of Palestinians they have systematically isolated from supplies, food and humanitarian aid.

    It is disgusting that we send billions of military weapons of mass oppression to Israel free of charge every year. Its our gears of war that has perpetuated this oppression of the Palestinians.

    When will we say enough is enough and cut Israel off.

    They need to follow the letter of the law like everyone else and its time to get over the genocide. Every country has had their dark periods in their history. However, Israel has turned their unfortunate past into their justification for murder, oppression and genocide.

    "Never again" is their slogan..... however with the current situation of Israel's utter disregard of letter of the law and basic human rights. It will not be long before they will reap the fruits of their "murderous genocide and oppression"

    In regards to BP. I have chosen to boycott BP for life. No more ARCO gas, no more Castrol engine oil. I have suggested to everyone i meet to boycott BP products. Their response and stonewalling of the FACTS have been .... frustrating to the point of rage for me. If this happened in the English channel, there would be blood on the streets in Britain.

    We need to take care of our people whos lively hoods are forever changed by BP's greed and gluttonous grab for better bottom line. BP NEEDS TO PAY for all the lives they have destroyed. Not for 1 week, 1 month, 1year but as long as lives are affected! Forever if that is what is takes.

    SEIZE BP's assets in the USA. Freeze their bank accounts and start paying out!


    June 1, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  14. Ronny

    Americans should be ashamed of themselves if the defend Israel any longer.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  15. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    So you say that all Christians have a mental illness, Ronny? May someday you find the truth!

    June 1, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  16. Mehmet Irmak

    I wonder why the Obama administration still is not at least condemning the acts of terrorism commited by the Israeli government and they are still waiting to "understand" the circumstances. What else is there to understand? Assault weapon armed military forces open firing on unarmed civillians in the International waters. Un is condemning it, why is the US not? Listen to eye witnesses who already returned to their countries. They say that as soon as the soldiers boarded the ship, they started open firing at the aid workers. The footage with the civillians fighting for their lives beating the soldiers, throwing one of them overboard, i think is no surprise, considering that they are the one under attack by the soldiers with weapons in hand. What were the Israeli soldiers expecting, a morning coffee with the Captain on the deck?

    June 1, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  17. Randall of Texas

    Was it in International waters? How many Israeli soldiers were shot? Where is the inventory sheet taken before the vessel departed? Is there an Orphanage in Gaza and why is Hamas wanting to shoot missles into the south of Israel and are those regions "neighborhoods" seized by Israel as us American's watched the Super Bowl?

    June 1, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  18. Pauly

    A lot is made about the rockets fired into Israel. I don't agree w/ launching rockets at civilians. However, they are unarmed rockets, not missiles! To kill, these rockets have to make a direct hit. Israel has a warning sytem that alerts civiilians of any incoming rockets. Very few Israelis have been killed by these rockets.

    Two years ago, Israel responded w/ bombs, tanks, attack helicopters, etc. Many Palestians were killed. Even Israeli soldiers admit war crimes were committed. It's kind of like kids firing bottle rockets into my yard & me responding w/ a bazooka!!! Palestine doesn't have an army, navy or airforce nor the arms that Israel does. It was a massacre!!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  19. abdo

    well self defence is when someone comes to you and try to attack you not the other way round,

    June 1, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  20. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Israel has fired rubber bullets on young Palestinians throwing rocks at them. They have never fired on innocent civilians who want peace with Israel. Only on those who first attacked them! If the aid ships were just carrying aid then why not follow the blockade rules and dock in Israel first for inspection. And for your information Israel gave Gaza back to the people there and what do they do? Fire rockets into Israel and kill innocent civilians! Now if Israel gave up the west bank can the Palestinians assure that they will not do the same as they did in Gaza! If the the Palestinians really wanted peace with Israel and live side by side they would not fire rockets into Israel and/or place bombs either on themselves or in cars to kill as many civilians as they can!

    June 1, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  21. Ronny

    Dan in Lafayette,IN June 1st, 2010 7:48 am ET

    The whole of Israel will be where Jesus will begin his 1000 year reign with Jerusalem as it's capital!

    Further evidence that you suffer from a mental illness.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  22. Pauly

    They were international humanitarian aid workers, not terrorists!!! Invaders can never claim self-defense!!! If you readf the full article, Israel claims that the cargo has been sent to it's destination. Five trucks delivered wheelchairs!!!! And if you believe Israel, the IDF was attacked w/ knives & clubs. After the IDF illegally raided their boats in international waters!!!! If armed men invaded my home, I would grab anything close to try to stop the invasion even if a knife was no match for an Uzi!!!! I could claim self-defense if I killed any of the intruders, they could not if they killed me or anyone else in my home!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  23. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    The whole of Israel will be where Jesus will begin his 1000 year reign with Jerusalem as it's capital!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  24. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The cap is an unsatisfactory solution .

    June 1, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  25. Ronny

    Dan .. you need to seek out a mental health expert and get help IMMEDIATELY if you actually think that Israel wouldn't fire on unarmed civilians. They have been doing just that for years.

    June 1, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  26. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Randall, Hamas has already stated that their goal is to push Israel into the sea! And that's what makes them a terrorist group along with killing innocent people to reach that goal!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  27. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    America needs to come to grip's with the imposibility of middle east peace we have bean trying for almost a hundred years with no success we should pull out and let nature take it's course .

    June 1, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  28. Randall of Texas

    Can you tell me why Hamas might want War with Israel Dan of Lafayette, IN?

    I worked for the Russian Orthodox Immigrant Attorney that wrote the Chicago-Israel bonds and he was the Democratic Party Chairman of Illinois in 1948 and he openly admitted to rig the ballot boxes in Chicago and a few rural boxes out to the south farm areas to return Truman to the White House. Truman was pro-Israel and Dewey wasn't so Dan old boy I've been around this Israeli-American-Palestenian things for a few years and that...

    Nazism crap you espouse might scare women about me but that old ploy doesn't work with the real debate is at hand. Nazism ploys are signs of lost at your wheel.

    When is enough enough? Moshe Dayan told Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes years ago that they would not stop till the West Bank is theirs..ok and the current Israeli PM says Jerusalem is their capital and they are taking it over...ok but I'm telling you this...ok and and and and know Dan I think you are just a repeater...

    You can't go centuries telling people they are a lesser breed and not expect a few ruffled feathers...

    June 1, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  29. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Women making pink cars what next .

    June 1, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  30. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Pauly, how do you know what was on those ships and their must have been weapons that were drawn when the IDF boarded because I am sure Israel acted in self defense and did not kill innocent people as all attacks by these terrorist have kill mostly innocent Israeli civilians!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  31. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Who will Cuba blame if oil reaches there beaches .Who will Mexico blame if this oil reaches there beaches my guess would be the United States because B.P. will more then likely cut and run .

    June 1, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  32. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Randell of Texas; it is people like you that Nazism had once controlled most of Europe! Because you do not see the threat and want to appease these known killers of innocent people!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  33. Pauly

    Self-defense? Israeli commandos invaded the flotilla which was carrying humanitarian aid in international waters. The aid workers were unarmed. Think about home invaders using that kind of logic in US courts. Although we killed the homeowners, we were justified because they tried defending their home/family.

    Concrete & like materials can hardly be defined as material weapons. These materials are desperately needed to rebuild after the devastation caused by Israel when they invaded. You know, to rebuild homes & schools that were leveled!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  34. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Nice work Don! And Israel has been terrorized and attacked by it's neighbors ever since it has existed! The majority of Arabs want to push Israel into the sea and the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah have been supported by Iran, a known supporter of Islamic terror!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  35. Ronny

    Israel boarded the ships in international waters – that's piracy.

    Why isn't it surprising that there still are Americans that are blinded to the truth about Israel?

    June 1, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  36. Randall of Texas

    Don Straub do you know why Hamas might want War with Israel?

    June 1, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  37. Don Straub

    Hamas in Gaza is a terrorist organization. It has sent a multitude of rockets into Israeli population centers in the South. It is preparing for war against the Jewish nation. The Israelis imposed a naval blockade in order to prevent material-weapons, iron and concrete- useful to Hamas' war effort. The flotilla's organizers wanted to break this blockade in order to put Israel behind the 8-ball. Their intent was to open Gaza to all shipping. Israel could not permit war supplies to reach Gaza. Israel offered to move any legitimate aid through their ports, after a check. It is sad that lives were lost. However, the videos show the attacks on Israeli commandos. On five of the six ships, a peaceful turning over of control took place. Israel responded with live fire only out of necessity, i.e.self-defense.

    June 1, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  38. Bob in Houston

    The Obama Administration is picking apart Al-Qaeda. Since expanding the predator drone program, more of its top leaders have been killed in the last two years than in the last five of the Bush Administration; we will get bin Laden.

    June 1, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  39. Randall of Texas

    Dan...all states in the middle east are can you be so blind as to think America's definition of terrorism reigns as the definition the world over?

    Ask the Mothers in Black in Israel and they will tell you that the Palestinian women and children have been terrorized for years. Get the controlling violent neo-cons out of Power in Israel and let the moderate voices have a few years run of things. Always as soon as the word Israel makes headlines the men (men) get their battle gear on in opinion fighting and I'm screaming enough and spit on the violent Jewish leadership...give the reigns to the Israeli's with better politics at hand and heart. I am tired of you war lords...

    June 1, 2010 at 6:58 am |
  40. michael nyc

    How many tankers are collecting oil ? any ?

    June 1, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  41. Ronny

    Dan... What evidence?... lol... have you not watched the news from yesterday?... Or years for that matter? You think because they use US military equipment to kill women and children doesn't make them a terrorist state? You aren't really one to pay attention to the world around you, are you?

    Israel has a long history of "firing indiscriminately on civilians". You can spew all you want to but the facts speak for themselves. It is people that thing like you do that are the root cause of most of the problems in the Middle East and thus the problems brought to the US because of it.

    June 1, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  42. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    What evidence do you have that Israel is a terrorist state, MeLoN?

    June 1, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  43. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Israel is not a terrorist state, but a state being terrorized!

    June 1, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  44. Randall of Texas

    Rohm Emanuel is a good Jew and he directs Obama. It is played the other way from the Jewish side but its not that way. Emauel took his son to Israel to celebrate his bar mitzvah recemt;y on combimed business and Obama has been falling in line with Wall Street and has conformed just like they want and everyone thought Obama wouldn't do.

    About 16 years ago Jewish-Americans began cradling and pandering to the television editors and painting up the strong sympathy so the neo-con hostile Jews would gain nothing but support from the outset with any incident from America. I call it Wall Street Jewelship...

    But in this incident I came in contact with information of an Orphanage in the Gaza! I once worked for at te time the world's richest Jew, Dr Milton D. Ratner as he gathered up Israel debt and I was left with some connections who have long since past. But I do believe there is an Orphanage in Gaza.

    With Emanuel getting Bill Clintonstein to offer Sestak a job right after he was declared:

    """U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) is under political fire for signing on to a congressional letter urging President Barack Obama to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
    Although he was one of 54 House Democrats to sign the Jan. 21 communiqué, the national office of the Republican Jewish Coalition singled Sestak out in a statement decrying the letter as a "troubling" development that "raises questions about whether the Democrats' traditional support for Israel is weakening."

    The flap comes as the race for the Pennsylvania Senate seat is heating up. Sestak trails Democratic rival Sen. Arlen Specter by 17 points in the latest Franklin & Marshall poll; their Republican opponent Pat Toomey is leading both of them by double digits.

    The RJC said that it targeted Sestak specifically because he is the only House member "seeking a promotion" by trying to unseat Specter. """

    I imagine the Orphanage best get attention!

    June 1, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  45. andrew

    i understand that the oil spill is a very important story, but i was starting to think i would need to switch to a different news network because of your nonstop coverage of this story. thank you for starting out with something new this morning. keep it up. you can do it. some day the "breaking news" and "happening now" headers might actually mean what they say.

    June 1, 2010 at 6:28 am |
  46. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Good Morning John and Kiran, but it doesn't seem to be a very good one today. We've got a mess in the gulf and Israel, worrying about arms smugglers seemingly attacked aid ships headed to Gaza. I wonder if those killed had fired on the IDF when they boarded the ships? I don't think Israel would fire on them indiscriminately. I guess there is one good news story, we killed another Islamic terrorist that had some ties with those who attacked us on 9/11. Why do most war zones have something to do with Islamic extremism? I believe that they think that because their Muslim that they can take on the whole world and Allah will bring them victory. I think that it will get a whole lot worse before it gets better. It's about time moderate Muslims take action against the extremism within Islam!

    June 1, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  47. mike sey

    So the US wants Israel to thoroughly investigate its attack on the aid flotilla;
    How come the US wanted outside experts to investigate the sinking of the South Korean warship and won't rely on BP to investigate the Gulf Oil blow-out and spill, yet where Israel is involved they take quite a different tact? It's like relying on Bernie Madoff to investigate Bernie Madoff.

    June 1, 2010 at 6:10 am |
  48. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    Israel claims self-defence when they boarded the aid ship in international waters? The US should treat Israel as the terrorist state it is and cut all aid to them. Israel is an embarrassment to the US and is making the US an accomplice to their state sponsored terrorism. Americans shouldn't believe anything Israel has to say as the evidence show something totally different.

    June 1, 2010 at 6:06 am |