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Netanyahu gives 'full backing' to raid on aid flotilla

OTTAWA - Daily News with wires | 5/31/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives his 'full backing' to Israel's military forces after the deadly raid on the flotilla carrying aid to the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his "full backing" Monday to Israel's military forces after the deadly raid on the aid flotilla carrying aid to the Gaza Strip.

"The prime minister... reiterated his full backing for the Israeli Defense Forces and inquired about the well being of the wounded," his office told AFP in Ottawa.

Netanyahu was meeting Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 

Continuing his visit to Canada despite a diplomatic crisis over the deadly attack, Netanyahu canceled a planned visit to the White House. The Israeli prime minister was set to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday since a frosty White House meeting in March, which was viewed by many as an attempt to humiliate Netanyahu in the wake of a spat over settlements.

His office said he decided to return home early after Monday's commando raid, AP reported.

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