anti-Gaddafi. There are other tribes. The loyalty and thecommitments of the other tribal groups is pretty much unknown.It could turn into a—I mean, one hopes for the best, but the seedsare there for pretty ugly conflicts and confrontations.I should say, I was kind of struck by the fact that the energycorporations didn’t skip a beat. I mean, the day that troops were—that rebel forces were—western tribes were beginning toapproaching Tripoli, that day, the
New York Times
businesssection, the lead article had a headline like, you know, "OilCompanies Scramble for Contracts" or something like that. And it just hasn’t been hidden that they’re very eager to assure thatthey get their hands on the loot. What’s important in Libya is, firstof all, it has a good deal of oil. A lot of the country is unexplored;there may be a lot more. And it’s very high-quality oil, so veryvaluable. There are some reasons to anticipate that it might turnout not too badly, but it’s—I think it would be a very rash personwho would try to make a prediction now.
Noam, I wanted to ask you about this crisisunfolding with Turkey and Israel. Earlier this month, Turkeyexpelled Israel’s ambassador and other senior diplomats after therelease of a U.N. report on Israel’s attack on the Gaza-bound aidflotilla in 2010. The report accused Israel of, quote, "excessiveand unreasonable force" in its attacks on the
,which killed nine people. But it also called on Israel to issue astatement of regret and compensate the families of the dead, aswell as the wounded passengers. The Israeli prime minister,Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to apologize. He wants improvedrelations with Turkey. And this is what he said.
PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU:
[translated] In thepast few days, we have witnessed a deepening of tensions with Turkey. It was not our choice, and it is not our choice today. Werespect the Turkish people and its heritage, and we certainly wantto improve ties.