Israel asks Turkey to help thwart Gaza flotilla

[ 13/04/2011 – 10:17 AM ]

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Israeli ambassador to Turkey Gaby Levy has officially asked Turkish diplomats for help in thwarting an international Gaza-bound flotilla due to set sail this May, saying the convoy is tantamount to a provocation to Israel, Hebrew press reported.

The convoy will include the Mavi Marmara, which was attacked by Israeli military last May, killing nine on board and injuring many more, and about 15 other ships.

Levy assured that the ships would be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip through ”legal channels”, but he did not clarify whether or not Israel intends to use force or violence to thwart the convoy, daily Haaretz said.

The move came after media reports indicated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was mulling the possibility of allowing the ships to enter if they agreed to be searched by an international force before arrival. But he has so far not made an official decision.

According to Israeli political sources, there has been no change in Israel’s policy towards the convoy, and Tel Aviv still considers the ships to be ”hostile and terrorist”.

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