The Israeli Navy intercepted a vessel attempting to break Israel’s legal blockade on Gaza. All humanitarian aid to Gaza must enter via Israel in order to prevent the smuggling of arms to Hamas and other terrorist organizations. This sort of disregard of human aid is abused constantly by Hamas and therefore Israel insists on aid via land or a Israeli port. Aiding is one thing but abusing the name of aid and what it stands for is shameful!
The Israeli Navy successfully intercepted a Swedish-registered vessel illegally headed towards Gaza early Monday morning.
The Swedish vessel, the Marianne of Gothenberg, was stopped about 100 nautical miles from shore after repeatedly ignoring orders by the Israeli Navy to change course.
According to a statement by the IDF, “Following their refusal to obey orders, The Israeli security visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent the intended breach of the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli navy reported that the process was uneventful” and in other words peaceful.
The three other ships participating in the flotilla turned back to their ports of origin.
The ship even stopped in Palermo and gave nothing!
What we see here takes the word "help" out of the equation, and replaces it with propaganda.
The Marianne was transporting 18 passengers, including former Islamist President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki and Israeli parliamentarian Basel Ghattas. The ship was then escorted to the Port of Ashdod, from where the foreign passengers are being deported. The flotilla organizers have not explained why the three other vessels abandoned their course instead of continuing to Gaza.
The Prime Minister’s Office provided a copy of a letter distributed to the passengers of the Marianne, in which Netanyahu quipped:
“Welcome to Israel. You seem to have gotten lost. Perhaps you meant to sail to a place not far from here – Syria, where Assad’s army is slaughtering its people every day, and is supported by the murderous Iranian regime.”
On a more serious note, he continued: “Here in Israel we face a reality in which terrorist organizations like Hamas try to kill innocent civilians. We defend our citizens against these attempts in accordance with international law.”
“Despite this,” he added, “Israel transports goods and humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip – up to 800 trucks a day. In the past year we enabled the entry of over 1.6 million tons of products, an average of one ton per person in the Gaza Strip. By the way, these supplies are equivalent to 500,000 boats like the one you came in on today….
“We will not allow the terrorist organizations to transfer weapons into the Gaza Strip by sea. Only one year ago, we thwarted an attempt to smuggle hundreds of weapons into the Gaza Strip by ship. These weapons were meant to target innocent Israeli civilians.”
Despite the fact that the UN had ruled that Israel’s and Egypt’s joint blockade on Gaza are legal under international law, Israel faces periodic attempts by self-styled human rights activists to break through the blockade.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement, saying amongst many matters
that: This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region.
“We are not prepared to accept the entry of war material to the terrorist organisations in Gaza as has been done by sea in the past,” the premier asserted.
“Just last year we foiled an attempt to smuggle by sea hundreds of weapons that were destined
“There is no siege on Gaza,” Netanyahu stated.
Israel assists in hundreds of humanitarian projects, through international organisations, including the building of clinics and hospitals.
Israeli Aid to Gaza Equals 500,000 Boatloads!
Israel's clandestine battle with weapons smugglers - BBC News