Israel prepping to block next Gaza flotilla


While Israel says it prefers a diplomatic move to thwart the flotilla, Netanyahu has indicated that, if necessary, force would be used against anyone who tries to disobey the navy orders.

Haaretz

On the anniversary of its deadly takeover of the aid flotilla to Gaza, in which nine Turkish activists died in a confrontation with navy commandos, Israel is preparing to block the next flotilla as well.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel prefers a diplomatic move to thwart the flotilla expected at the end of June, but if necessary would exercise force against anyone who tries to disobey the navy’s orders and head to Gaza’s shore.

The Israel Navy has held takeover drills and mobilized reserve combatants, on the assumption the large number of vessels (about 15 ) planning to take part in the flotilla will require reinforcements. The preparations include intelligence surveillance, based mainly on open communications and Internet sites.

The navy is focusing on riot-control measures this time, saying they will use force as a last resort.

Israeli defense sources said recently that despite addressing flaws in the previous flotilla takeover, there is no alternative to taking over the boats and protesters by force – barring an agreement that would cancel the flotilla.

Former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi testified before the Turkel committee investigating the flotilla and said that if necessary, sniper fire would be used to take down violent protesters. This would prevent face-to-face clashes that hold a greater risk to soldiers’ lives.

The Turkel committee in February published the first part of its report, which on the whole justifies Israel’s position and conduct. The report upholds Israel’s argument that it was permitted to impose a blockade on Gaza and exercise force to prevent uncoordinated ships’ entry. Two foreign observers took part in writing the report.

The committee is still hearing testimonies regarding the way Israel investigates warfare incidents.

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss is expected soon to publish his own report on the flotilla. Lindenstrauss examined various aspects, from ministerial and military decisions during the preparations for the flotilla to presenting Israel’s position abroad.

Immediately after the flotilla incident Israel changed its position dramatically regarding the amount and extent of goods allowed into the Gaza Strip. Egypt’s decision to reopen the Rafah border crossing as of last weekend removes the rest of the coordinated siege both states had imposed on Gaza.

  1. #1 by B.Benhamid on May 31, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    Zionism is standing on a shaky leg because the World is waking up and is not easily fooled anymore that’s why we must start dismantling it now and fast.

  2. #2 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on May 31, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    Her is an update to share with the readers that came from Israel Shamir today in the mail that very relevant to the very subject matter.

    <Dear friends,

    while being reasonably entertained with Netanyahu visit and Obama speeches, we all are guilty for not caring about the boat "The Spirit of Rachel Corrie" :

    The boat that came all the way from far away Malaysia, led by former secretary of the wonderful Mahathir, namely Matthias Chang a great guy by his own virtue.

    The boat ran into a lot of bad luck: it was machinegunned by Israeli Navy, was forced to look for shelter in the Egyptian port of el Arish, pushed out, suffered a lot of misfortunes, and it is still there in limbo. So much for the Arab spring, so much for the spirit of Tahrir square!

    Ladies and gentlemen, comrades, we really should help our wonderful Malaysian friends who came all the way to the shores of Gaza to break the blockade, and now they are marooned, and get zero publicity! Shame on all of us! And by the way, this is a very bad sign for all forthcoming sailings to Gaza!

    Now, I really call upon you to pull up your socks and do something today for Matthias Chang and his crew – write him a letter to "matthias chang" , or write to Egyptian embassy, or whatever.
    This is what solidarity is for: if the Jews will just machinegun our missions without any response from us, they will do it more!
    Israel Shamir>

    After reading this message, all of us can easily show our true colors by giving moral support for those who risked their lives to do what is right and justice for Palestinians in Gaza.

  3. #3 by funky d on June 1, 2011 - 12:57 am

    turkish activists did not die in a confrontation, THEY WERE MURDERED BY JEWISH TERRORISTS WHO ATTACKED THEM IN AN ACT OF INTERNATIONAL PIRACY/MURDER.

    that parasitic jewish hellhole will never use diplomacy, as they are only interested in murder of those they do not like. murder/terrorism if the FIRST, NOT LAST resort.

  4. #4 by UAZ on June 1, 2011 - 1:20 am

    The Gaza flotilla massacre from 1 year ago was a blow to Israel’s image. They used everything from faked videos and audios to claims that they were armed only with paintball guns, but no matter how big their media propaganda machine, Israel was universally condemned as the rouge, terrorist state that it is.

    They won’t commit the same PR disaster again. They are mad but not insane! Well, they are insane too, but not illogical.

    The flotilla activists will also be a bit more cautious this time, given what happened last time and Israel’s newest threats.

    I predict Israel will block them from entering Gaza, but will be careful to avoid using their worst bloodthirsty killers in any boarding operation.

  5. #5 by Ingrid B. on June 1, 2011 - 4:48 am

    Egypt may have opened the Rafah crossing, but nothing has changed politically. The protesters of Tahrir Square are still making demands for positive change..

    Israel did not make any dramatic changes after the previous massacre, regarding the amount, or extent, of goods allowed into Gaza, but, disinformation is a hallmark of the Zionist media..

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