Salon is calling influential members of Congress today asking for their response to Israel's deadly raid over the weekend. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., who chairs the House subcommittee that doles out foreign aid, had to say:
Israel has the right to inspect and reject illicit material being shipped to Gaza, which is controlled by a terrorist organization intent on destroying Israel and harming its people. The loss of life and injuries to flotilla participants and Israeli soldiers is regrettable. The international community should wait until the facts are known – including the actions of flotilla organizers and participants – before rushing to assign blame for this incident.
This incident should not distract from the most pressing issues facing the international community – working cooperatively to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear capabilities, and developing a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.