While the Turks and Europeans who man the handful of ships popularly known as the ‘Gaza Flotillas’ claim they are attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip, Israeli authorities charge the same crews are also attempting to covertly deliver Iranian-supplied weapons to the Hamas terrorists who de facto rule over the same territory. As reported by both The Blaze news portal and The Jerusalem Post on June 28, 2015, the nation’s Prime Minister slung a none-too subtle zinger at the latest captain and crew attempting to run the Israeli naval blockade.
Within hours of Israeli commandos boarding “without incident” the Gaza bound Swedish flagged vessel the Marianne av Göteborg, the Jewish State’s Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu sent via social media a Greg Gutfeld-esque open letter to the organizers of the latest maritime effort. With Israel’s neighbor to the northeast neck deep in a combination civil war/ISIS invasion, the PM stated in a posting on Facebook;
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.
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.
Far from done slinging the sarcasm, Bibi also ensured it was mentioned for the record that Israel sends a the number of trucks loaded with “tons of aid and material that go into Gaza each day.” The PM also noted that Israeli aid to the Gaza Strip “adds up to about 500,000 times the number of boats in the flotilla. At the same time, he said, Israel is not willing to allow the smuggling of arms to the Gaza Strip via the sea, which has been done repeatedly in the past.”
During March of 2014, Israeli Navy commandos of the elite Shayetet (Flotilla) 13 Special Forces unit boarded a merchant vessel bound for Gaza City, reportedly finding something other than flour and baby diapers on board. An IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) spokesman stated that during a preliminary inspection of the ship, the commandos discovered several dozen “advanced Syrian M-302 missiles, with a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) and a payload of up to 170 kilograms (375 pounds). The missiles were hidden in shipping containers also carrying sacks of concrete.”