Senior officials in Jerusalem who briefed reporters Monday night reported information received that the organizers of the flotilla had laid in a store of poisoned chemicals aboard the ten or so vessels in the flotilla for use against Israeli troops boarding them. They are quoted as saying they had no problem with spilling the blood of Israeli soldiers.
DEBKA (H/T liphfreedom) –Contrary to the purportedly peaceful nature of the flotilla setting out this week to break Israel’s Gaza blockade, Israeli intelligence sources reported Monday, June 27, that some of the activists aboard the boats are extremists who are perfectly willing to forcibly resist efforts to intercept them and are ready to kill Israeli servicemen coming on board.
Another falsehood exposed is the Turkish IHH’s statement that its members had withdrawn from the expedition. This turns out to be a deliberate red herring. Not only are IHH Islamic fundamentalists aboard but also likeminded Arab and other nationals.
In fact, Israeli intelligence had identified at least two Hamas supporters – Amin Abu Rashd, one of the Dutch organizers of the flotilla and former head of a Hamas “charity” foundation in Holland which the Dutch security authorities shut down after discovering it was funding terrorist operations. The other one is Mohammed Ahmad Hanoun, head of another fund for terrorists called ABSPP.
Earlier Monday, the Israeli defense cabinet approved the navy’s plan for preventing the flotilla from reaching Gazan shores by “firm and determined action.”
The Israeli Navy held an exercise incorporating several special forces units as part of ongoing preparations to prevent an international aid flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip in the coming weeks.
The Israel Navy is prepared to intercept and take control of the ships participating in the new flotilla to the Gaza Strip, a senior Navy officer said Tuesday on the anniversary of the IDF operation to stop the Mavi Marmara that ended in the death of nine Turkish nationals. “We will order the ship to stop, but if they don’t, we are prepared to intercept and board the ship,” a senior officer told reporters.
The Navy has been conducting training exercises in recent weeks in conjunction with the Air Force and in line with the lessons learned from last year’s flotilla. Members of Israel Police and the Prison Service, who specialize in quelling civilian protests and violence, will participate in the operation to stop the flotilla together with the commandos from the Navy Flotilla 13, better known as the “Shayetet.”
The senior Navy officer said that Israel was preparing a number of “surprises” for the ships that are expected to participate in the flotilla.
He said that soldiers were under order to use force to neutralize armed danger and neutralize attackers if necessary, but that in general, the objective and the goal would be to take over the ship non-violently and without casualties on either side.