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IDF: Flotilla will be stopped

The army is preparing to stop the pro-Palestinian flotilla from reaching Gaza. On the boats are parliamentarians and diplomats from all over the world, including an Israeli Arab MK.
flotilla2Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News

The IDF has officially been instructed to stop the anti-Israel flotilla, which according to reports has sailed out and is now between Italy and Greece headed towards Gaza’s shores. It consists of two small vessels carrying anti-Israel activists from various countries and which do not seem to have a large enough capacity for much humanitarian or medical equipment.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett referred to the planned flotilla this evening and stated: “Ten years after the disengagement, from Gush Qatif rockets are fired at Israel, from Gaza tunnels are dug into our communities, and from Turkey comes boats of terror to our shores. We promised that ‘there is a solution for every settler’ and we received ‘there is a solution for every terrorist.’ We evacuated Jews and we received flotillas.” He stressed that Israel needs to say in a clear voice “we don’t run away anymore from our land and the Palestinians lost all of their rights if they had any to demand it.”

Earlier on Sunday, MK Basel Ghattas of the Joint Arab List announced his participation in the flotilla and called it “a civilian boat of peace,” adding that “trying to reach Gaza through international waters does not count as being aggressive to anyone. Aggressiveness is to impose a blockade.” MK Sharon Gal of Yisrael Beitenu stated in response that this is “further proof that the Joint Arab List is a fifth column.” He added that MK Ghattas is “an extremist who hates Israel and intends to join the next ship of terror, which is similar to the one his party member Zoabi had attended.”

On Saturday, Russian news agency RT reported that at least three ships have already sailed out from several Mediterranean Sea ports. The list of participants has been kept secret, but reportedly it is known that among the activists is a former Tunisian president, as well as athletes, parliamentarians, diplomats, journalists and a Catholic nun.


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