Spain urges Israel to reflect on consequences of raid

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Spain's prime minister Wednesday called on Israel to "do some serious thinking" on the consequences for peace of its raid on Gaza-bound aid ships.

"I think that the main concern we have now is the immediate future, with regard to the possibilities of dialogue, taking us to a process of peace in the area," Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said.

"Certainly what happened doesn't help at all..," he told a news conference.

"The government of Israel needs to do some serious thinking because the international community will always side with the peace process and it will side with Israel and the democratic state if the steps that are taken towards peace are determined steps.

"All of us want a secure, safe Israel but what we don't want is any unjustified violence. That is our concern and the concern of the whole international community."

Nine people were killed on Monday when a flotilla of boats heading for Gaza was boarded by Israeli commandos in international waters.

Hundreds of activists were also detained and are being deported from Israel.

The Spanish government on Monday condemned Israel for the use of "disproportionate force" in the attack.

The UN Security Council also condemned the attack, while the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution setting up an independent international probe into the incident.

Another ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, is currently en route for Gaza, potentially setting up a fresh showdown.

© 2010 AFP

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