An Israeli naval ship, operated by female combat troops and cadets, intercepted a vessel carrying female activists bound for the Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon.
The protest boat, which set sail from Barcelona last month with about a dozen international activists, was carrying no aid. Its aim, organizers said, was to “challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza” and “show solidarity with the Palestinian people.”
The boat was “redirected by the Israeli Navy in order to prevent a breach of the lawful maritime blockade,” the Israeli military said in a statement. After ordering the boat to change directions, Israeli forces boarded it in international waters and escorted it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. Israel called the interception “uneventful.”
Sending in women to perform the interception was a brilliant move by the Israeli navy. They clearly knew the “activists” on board had one sole purpose – to generate negative publicity against Israel (after all, they had no humanitarian aid on board the ship!). Or showboating, if you will. Think about how sick that is for a second – it shows their motivation is hatred for Israel, NOT love for the Gazans.
And sure enough, despite the conflicting messages the passengers sent regarding their expectations as to how the IDF would act, they nevertheless tried to milk the interception for all it was worth, releasing “SOS” video messages.
Knowing they were peacefully intercepted by female naval personnel, these messages fall flatter than the Hamas welcome in Gaza would have (once they discovered a number of these passengers bat for the other team).
Update: Watch this interview with a spokesperson who could not seem more bored and admits there was no aid on board the boat. Even the interviewer implies they were being reckless.