When All Else Fails

Fears of new flashpoint as defiant Israel prepares for showdown with two more Gaza aid ships

by David Williams, DailyMail

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  • Israel bows to world pressure and deports activists seized in botched raid

Israel is facing another potentially explosive confrontation at sea as pro-Palestinian activists sent two more boats to challenge its blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Reports in Israel claimed the navy was prepared to use even more force to stop ships from breaking the blockade.

A top commander told the Jerusalem Post yesterday: ‘We boarded the ship and were attacked as if it was a war.

‘That will mean that we will have to come prepared in the future as if it was a war.’

Turkey – one of Israel’s closest Muslim allies until Monday’s clash left several of citizens dead – was last night reported to be considering sending a naval escort for the boats.

This would arrive in the region at the end of the week, creating a potential flashpoint for a major clash between the nations.

Today Israel bowed to world pressure and began deporting the activists it had seized in Monday’s botched raid.
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