Speaking to Israel Hayom, Palestinian sources involved in the preparations for the flotilla claimed Israeli security and intelligence entities were working relentlessly to prevent the departure of the flotilla from Greece.
The flotilla has been the source of heated debate in the Israeli Knesset this week, particularly due to Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas’s announcement that he would take part in it. Speaking in the Knesset on Wednesday, Joint Arab List MK Hanin Zoabi called the flotilla’s upcoming attempt to reach Gaza “a human and moral struggle of the highest importance.” In response, Likud MK Oren Hazan shouted at Zoabi, “Do you even know what morality is? You’ve been given everything, yet you choose to engage in terrorism.”
Zoabi yelled back at Hazan, “Go to a casino!”—a reference to the scandal the freshman Knesset member has found himself embroiled in.
The new flotilla evokes memories of the May 2010 incident in which Israeli soldiers were attacked by Turkish militants when they boarded a vessel that sought to break the blockade of Gaza, resulting in clashes that killed nine Turks and led to the collapse of Israeli-Turkish relations.