Monday, June 27, 2011

Prime Minister Netanyahu...

....ordered Israel's defense establishment Monday to interdict the
Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla 2, Voice of Israel radio reported. Netanyahu gave the order during a meeting of his Security Cabinet dedicated to preparations Israel was taking in advance of the new flotilla expected
to set sail for Gaza this week.

The Cabinet voted in favor of a Navy plan to prevent the upcoming flotilla from arriving in Gaza and granted the IDF authority to prevent the ships' arrival by any means necessary. Earlier Monday, Israel and Egypt agreed to the arrangement whereby ships taking part in the flotilla could opt to unload cargo at El-Arish. Ships that instead try to force their way to Gaza, however, will be boarded, searched, and have their passengers arrested.

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