Skip to comments.Israel seizes ship with Iran arms for Gaza: Netanyahu
Posted on 03/15/2011 8:09:34 AM PDT by library user
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) Israeli naval commandos on Tuesday seized a cargo ship in the Mediterranean carrying what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said were Iranian-supplied weapons intended for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
A military spokeswoman said Israeli forces met no resistance when they intercepted the German-owned "Victoria" some 200 miles from Israel and were taking the vessel to the Israeli port of Ashdod.
Israel maintains a land and naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, a coastal enclave controlled by Hamas, an Islamist movement opposed to peace with the Jewish state.
The military said the vessel had set off from the Syrian port of Latakia and stopped in Mersin, Turkey, before heading toward Alexandria in Egypt. Turkey has no involvement in the arms shipment, the military said.
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That seems like it would be big. Guess nobody cares about Israel unless somebody dies.
If those two Iranian warships are still in Syria, I expect them to be doing escort duty with the next “Humanitarian Aid Flotilla” to Gaza.
Could get interesting.
It would be very interesting to see if William Ayers had any hand in this shipment like he did a few months ago.
It could become real big. Real soon.
I hope Bibi has finally written off Obama.
“controlled by Hamas, an Islamist movement opposed to peace with the Jewish state”
So - AT WAR - with the Jewish state.
How did they know? They intercept the ship in the middle of the Mediterranian Sea? THey knew that the Iranian war ships had no weapons in them, and let them pass through the Suez?
How do they know?
Traditional Muslim feces flinging to commence immediately.
Had I not been so lazy, I would have found that they left the Med ten days ago.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that weapons seized by the Israel Navy from a ship bound for Egypt earlier in the day had come from Iran, via Syria, and were intended for militants in Gaza.
"We are currently collecting information and the one thing that is certain is that the weapons are from Iran with a relay station in Syria," Netanyahu said.
"Last night, I granted permission to take over a ship for which we had the basis to think that there were weapons on it destined for Gaza," Netanyahu said. "The source of the weapons is Iran, which continues to try to arm terrorist forces against Israel."
"It is our right and duty to stop the smuggling of these weapons," the prime minister said, adding that all nations connected to the ship had been updated on the situation.
Some necessary pics of Bibi:
Omigosh. The Deutsche are involved. Whodathunk?
Bibi indirectly blew off Barry when he said, “They murder, we build.”
Israelis Seize Ship Carrying Iranian Arms
by IPT News Mar 15, 2011 at 9:23 am
Israeli commandos intercepted a ship loaded with tons of Iranian-supplied weapons that was destined for Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, reports indicate.
The elite Naval Commando 13 unit, the Shayetet, boarded the Liberian-flagged ship Victoria 200 miles off Israel's coast in the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday. Its last port of call was in Turkey.
Haaretz reports that the cargo started in Syria, stopped in Turkey and was to arrive in Egypt's El-Arish port. From there, it would be sent by land into Gaza. Crew members apparently were unaware of the nature of their cargo, and an Israeli military official said Turkey was not responsible "in any aspect."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to release more details about the shipment in the next day. He gave the order to board the ship based on what the Jerusalem Post called "firm intelligence" it carried Iranian arms headed to Gaza.
"The attempt to smuggle weapons into Gaza shows that there are radical forces who continue to try and harm Israel and undermine stability in the region," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.
It's the latest successful interception of arms shipments by Israeli commandos. This 2009 story offers more examples.
Actually, they only care if an innocent “Palestinian” is killed by an Israeli soldier or an Israeli military intervention.
Nah, nobody cares about Israel unless a Palestinian dies. (Crickets from most nations following the slaughter of babies the other day)
German-owned need not necessarily imply German government involvement. Many merchant ships, irrespective of the nationality of their owners, carry registry in, for example, Panama, or Greece.
Not necessarily the govt, true. But anti-semitism is rampant in Europe where commonly the people blame Israel for all the woes of the middle east. No reason some rich businessman wouldn’t lend a hand to the jihadis.
What's your point, exactly?
. .. .. “No reason some rich businessman wouldnt lend a hand to the jihadis”.
Quite so; good point.
Good for Israel.
Isn’t it nice that the Israelis have an actual man at their helm, steering the ship of state?
The Iranians already delivered the weapons to Hez via those warships. All the Bull about staying until Spetember was just that. Bull.
Damn that Reuters again... I got to fix their stuff all the time!
Don't be an idiot.
Israel actually takes national security seriously.
This is not an OBAMA WTF moment...
Prayers for Israel.
Please ignore the clueless and ignorant on FR.
Yes, even Free Republic has its share; Hard to tell them apart, sometimes, from the trolls. But they think they're profound.
Israel has a real president.
for your review & possible ping.
In this photo released by the Israeli Government Press Office, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center left, and Interior Minister Eli Yishai, center right, stand next to a barbed wire fence as they tour the Israel-Egypt border, in southern Israel, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. The Israeli navy intercepted an Egyptian-bound ship carrying a large delivery of weapons off the country's Mediterranean coast on Tuesday, saying the arms had been sent by Syria to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
This would have been a big story last week
Love the last pic.
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Thank you Germany, one of Israel’s best friends.
if only we did.
this would be alot bigger story if Japan wasnt blowing up.
Yes they do, and I am so glad they did not ask for permission to do this from anyone, including Lil zero.
Thank you for the ping. Thank you too for the pictures of BiBi.
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