Netanyahu inner cabinet agrees Gaza flotilla must be thwarted

[ 27/04/2011 – 07:09 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Netanyahu has ordered his inner cabinet during a meeting Wednesday to thwart a new flotilla scheduled to defy Israel’s naval blockade on the Gaza Strip in mid-June.

A statement released by his office on Wednesday said Netanyahu has instructed the Foreign Minister to continue diplomatic efforts geared at stopping the flotilla.

The statement also instructs Israeli occupation forces to prepare to use force to ensure Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip.

Alternatives were mentioned during the Forum of Seven meeting, including the suggestion to allow the Gaza aid flotilla to be searched by Israeli security in Ashdod port or another neutral port before landing in Gaza.

According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the Israeli military ministry and security departments will try to create an intelligence image of the the sea flotilla and its organizers.

Israeli military sources have confirmed that the army is preparing arms to be used against the flotilla.

Israel expects the mission, originally set for late May, will be pushed back to mid-June after presidential elections in Turkey.

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