U.S. Rep. Zack Space (OH-18) released the following statement regarding the flotilla incident in the Middle East:
"While the flotilla to Gaza claimed to be a carrier of peace, one of the six ships was a harbinger of violence. The loss of life is tragic, but what is particularly saddening about this incident is that it was preventable.
"Like every other sovereign nation, Israel has a right to defend herself. The international community, especially the Turkish government, is enraged by this incident, yet they would have conducted themselves in the same manner were their soldiers under attack. And I strongly believe the international community should not be chastising Israel for the defense of her ports and for enforcing peace in a land where instability continues to rule.
"Now more than ever, the US must stand with Israel as they too continue to work toward peace, and we must support the right to defend against all who seek to strengthen terrorist networks. Wavering support of Israel will only strengthen our mutual enemies and empower them to continue to destabilize an already volatile area of the world."