Israel Says Unauthorized Boats Will Be Denied Entry as Gaza Flotillas Begin Again


flotillaIsrael will not allow unauthorized boats to enter its territorial waters, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said this week as a trawler left Sweden Sunday intending to break the legal naval blockade of Gaza.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said that “if the so-called helpful Gaza flotillas were really interested in the welfare of the population in Gaza, they would send their aid via Israel. The fact that they insist on a flotilla demonstrates this is an unnecessary provocation.”

He added that Israel is committed to humanitarian aid to Gaza and that such aid goes through Israel to the Strip on a regular basis.

{ Israel News Bureau}