The Israeli navy is exercising new tactics in anticipation of a new pro-Palestinian peace flotilla arriving off Gaza later this month.
The navy says everything will be done to prevent the ships from landing as the Israelis suspect humanitarian aid is being used to mask arms smuggling. Six ships tried to break the blockade last year, but this summer between 10 to 15 are expected to set sail.
The navy says it is unnecessary now Egypt’s border with Gaza has been opened.
“Supplies are getting into Gaza on a daily basis. The reason for the maritime security blockade is to prevent terrorists and weapons getting into the hands of terror organisations in Gaza,” said Rear Admiral Rani Ben Yehuda.
Last summer’s Turkish-sponsored flotilla was stopped only at the cost of nine lives as violence broke out when it was raided by the Israeli navy. Israel was heavily criticised internationally for the way it handled the operation.