June 2nd, 2010
05:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Kucinich wants Obama to 'call Israel to an accounting'

Dennis Kucinich called on President Obama to 'call Israel to accounting'.
Dennis Kucinich called on President Obama to 'call Israel to accounting'.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, called Wednesday on President Barack Obama "to call Israel to an accounting" for its attack Monday on a Turkish ship that was traveling in international waters laden with humanitarian goods for Gaza.

Israel's conduct "constitutes an act of belligerence against Turkey, which at one time Israel considered an important ally," the Ohio Democrat wrote. "It also undermines United States' troops efforts in Iraq, since your administration's efforts to achieve stability in the region and to withdraw troops from Iraq has depended upon Turkey's cooperation through use of its air bases."

He called for the United States to "begin to redefine its relationship" with Israel and for Israel to face diplomatic and financial consequences for the attack, which killed nine people.

"If our nation fails to act in any substantive way, the United States licenses the violence and we are complicit in it and our own citizens will be forced to pay the consequences," he wrote.


Filed under: Dennis Kucinich • Israel • President Obama
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Another left wing loon along the line with pelosi,reid and nobamby.

    June 2, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. gt

    thanks dennis... your right on,, america sticks its head in the sand way to much ,,, Iseral acts like a bunch of drunken thugs who answers to no one,, im sick of it,, yea.. dennis get all our troops home now!!!,,

    June 2, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Ben in Texas

    Dennis always calls it right, whether it's single payer health care or the free pass to commit terrorism that we give Israel.

    June 2, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Albo58

    Didn't Kucinich claim he was abducted by an UFO a few years back? He is a pathetic boob that is much too stupid to recognise the set-up of the Gaza "Freedom flotilla" and its real aims!

    June 2, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. debra

    You need to shut your pie hole Denny....

    June 2, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Esteban

    What is this, Groundhog Day? Dennis sticks his head out of a hole to see what the weathers like? Israel stopped a bunch of terrorist thugs who showed to a few commandos what they would like to do to the nation of Israel. What's wrong with that? I suppose Kucinich would like open borders in Arizona and just let the illegals walk in for whatever their intent is and do no checking. He and Obama should learn from Gov. Brewer and PM Netanyahu how to defend and watch over your own borders rather that blasting them for doing the right thing.

    June 2, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Rickster

    Somebody needs "to call Dennis Kucinich to an accounting" for being a pencil-necked loon.

    June 2, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Jack Shattuck

    International Blockades on the high sea are legal when notice in properly given. Israel maintains controls of Gaza seaports under the Oslo Accords of 1993, Do your homework before shooting off your mouth.

    June 2, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. doob

    israel is no different than Nazi Germany.They are doing the same thing to the Palestinians as the Nazi's did to the Jews in warsaw...kept them in a Ghetto. only their fighters were freedom fighters and the Palestinian's are terrorists. Go figure.

    June 2, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Steve- Illinois

    One of these days Israel is going to take out the nuclear threat of Iran, something the U.S and UN have no hope of accomplishing.

    June 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Robert in Texas

    He is absolutely right. Letting Isreal be the unpunished bully with big daddy America backing it, angers everyone else in the region and world. This endangers our men and women in uniform who are having to fight the growing group of enemies that Isreal continues to make for us.

    June 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Russell

    Ever notice that all the anti-Israel politicians are fruit loops or extremists like Kucinich? Think: Cynthia McKinney and James Traficant.

    June 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Jernick

    I am proud of you, Congressman Kucinich! All criminal actions are just that...CRIMINAL! I am also very proud of the "liberal" remarks that I have read here! Imagine it...usings facts. You might try it once republi"cants"!

    June 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Is this Bozo still around? He should pal around with PeeWee Herman and do whatever it is that PeeWee likes to do with himself. He should NOT be given any respect on issues of any importance or allowed to play with sharp instruments...

    June 2, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Victim of GOP Taliban

    pull the plug on all the billions of $ we giveaway to Israel – until they start to get serious about making a peace deal with the Palestinians

    June 2, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Jo Jo

    Dennis Kucinich needs to shut the (you know what) up. This country is already tied up in enough wars so the last thing we need is to get involved in a conflict with Israel. Let the two countries figure it out on their own and without the interference of the USA.

    June 2, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Maria H-Miami

    Oh please, I love the way these pacifist, humanitarians always have an excuse for acting violent and everyone helps them excuse their violence. There was no need to stab, beat the soldiers or throw a soldier overboard. Israel has every right to defend itself. Who really is going to take a chance on believing a Turkish ship would only be carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza? Since when is Turkey that caring, so nice, anti-violence????? Hundreds of years of fighting and suddenly now they're being nice!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Robert

    Dennis Kucinich is the only 100% honest politician in Washington. He is right on all the issues, and he is fearless in speaking out for common sense solutions.

    He never claimed he was abducted, nor is he a loon just because he is a liberal. He is one of the most honorable men in public life.

    June 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. brianInMesa

    Thank you Dennis for saying what many of us feel. Israel continues to create crisis and then claim to be the victim. Americans support the victim and our ongoing support ($$$) of an "interesting" nation continues. Throw a stone at Israel and they shoot back. Shoot at them and they will bomb you. Their response is always harsh and seems to only get them our continued support ($$$), just as planned.

    June 2, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. seneca

    Stanley Kucinich wants President Obama to tell him where his 'Precious' is!

    June 2, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Dorkus

    Dennis, guess what. Those "peace activists" killed by Israel are likely Islamist militants who were hoping for a violent confrontation. If you don't believe me, why don't you wait until they determine the identities of the dead before jumping to conclusions.

    June 2, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. DorisV

    Mike, You are entitled to your opinion and I'm allowed to say I object to your comment. gt, I like what you said. Yes the Israeli government with miltary equipment from the USA is acting like the big bully in that area. Their hands are stained with all sorts of blood of civilians and other innocents. Their actions are not getting to the people they need to stop. Was a long time supporter of the nation of Israel. Did some research and found out that some nasty things were done to Arabs,who had lived their for centuries, after the nation was formed in 1948 and it has continued unstopped. Go Kucinich, give Obama something to think about besides the oil spill in the Gulf. Time to stop playing nice. Take off the kid gloves and put on the boxing gloves.

    June 2, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. Desmond in Canada

    The world knows it. Israelis know it. The USA knows it. President Obama knows it: The government ofIsrael has gotten away with state terrorism and blue murder for decades now. The root cause of all Middle East terrorism, including 9/11, of Iraq's endeavours under Saddam and of Iran's belligerent stance ( i could go on) is ISRAEL and its callous corporate and fundamentalist Christian supporters in the USA. The final test of Obama's proven integrity will be his dealing with Israel, even at the risk of losing the Presidency!

    June 2, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. ak steve

    Finally a representative who is not afraid to stand up to Israel. I never understood our, "we love you, you can do no wrong" relationship with Israel.

    Time to get them to buck up and start accounting for their actions.

    June 2, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Larry

    Thank You

    Israel has been a terrorist nation for far too long

    The rest of the world needs to put the Israelis behind enclosed walls

    And not allow the basic needs to be brought in

    Enough is Enough .....

    June 2, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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