Israel Ready To Stop Gaza Flotilla At All Costs
06/27/11
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Israel's Security Cabinet ordered the Israel Defense Forces to prevent the upcoming flotilla to Gaza from reaching the coastal strip.

The inner cabinet, which is made up of senior members, on Monday also directed the Foreign Ministry to continue its diplomatic efforts to stop the flotilla from setting sail. The flotilla of about 10 ships is scheduled to leave from ports as early as Tuesday and meet in the Mediterranean Sea before continuing on to Gaza.

The decisions come a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting of the entire Cabinet said he would not allow the flotilla ships to breach Israel's maritime blockade of Gaza.

Meanwhile, Israel's Navy has prepared for various scenarios should its commandos be required to board any of the flotilla ships, as they did in May 2010. The ensuing violence aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara that year resulted in the deaths of nine flotilla participants.

Israel has said it will take any humanitarian aid directly to Gaza if the flotilla ships are brought into an Israeli port. Israel also has secured an agreement from Egypt's interim government to allow the flotilla ships to unload their aid in the El Arish port and take it into Gaza.

Also Monday, Netanyahu instructed the "responsible authorities to formulate a special procedure regarding foreign journalists that participate in the flotilla and arrive in contravention of the Entry into Israel Law," according to a statement issued from his office.

Members of the Israeli media and international journalists will be embedded in Israeli Navy vessels "in order to create transparency and credible coverage of the events," the announcement said.

The head of Israel's Government Press Office threatened to ban foreign reporters from the country for 10 years in a letter sent Sunday to Israel-based foreign journalists.

Along with threatening the ban, Orel Helman wrote, "I implore you to avoid taking part in this provocative and dangerous event, the purpose of which is to undermine Israel's right to defend itself and to knowingly violate Israeli law."

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"Members of the Israeli media and international journalists will be embedded in Israeli Navy vessels "in order to create transparency and credible coverage of the events," the announcement said"

Such a premise is laughable. Any "imbedded" journalists will be journalists that are willing to adhere to the script, as written by the Israeli propagandists.

Be aware, Israel, that more and more Americans are becoming aware of the truth. You can only target, maim, and murder so many Americans before it becomes impossible to justify it by specious claims of "defending yourself". For some of us, Rachel Corrie, Tristan Anderson, and Emily Henochowicz are well known, as are the circumstances of the CRIMES that Israel committed against them. Beware, Israel, of targeting more of our citizens. Eventually, such acts will result in punching huge holes in your hasbara and megaphone efforts. Without the false narrative, you are merely a racist and criminal state, exposed.

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