A senior Israeli official tells Jerusalem Post that "his is a definite possibility that we need to prepare for." How will Israel prepare for such an event is not elaborated. Hopefully things won't get to that level of escalation.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Israel not to test Turkish patience. He said Israel can't legitimize what he did with the Gaza flotilla. "Turkey’s hostility is as strong as its friendship is valuable," Erdogan said.
Two more ships are expected to enter the Israeli waters in the next coming days. The concern is that Turkish military may change its position against Israel and send navy ships to accompany the humanitarian aid. While it is less likely as Turkey is a NATO member, Israeli officials have said they are concerned about this possibility and stressed need to prepare for it.
A top navy officer says that they are under orders to intercept other ships heading toward Gaza. Jpost reports that the new ship interceptions will use more force. “We boarded the ship [the Mavi Marmara] and were attacked as if it were a war,” one officer said. “That will mean that we will have to come prepared in the future as if it were a war.”
What did Israel find in Gaza flotilla
On the board of Mavy Marmara Israel has identified 50 passengers having ties to various terror organizations. This is what Israel says. The country also reports finding the following items on the Gaza flotilla, which it says can't be categorized as humanitarian aid.
* Cache of bulletproof vests
* Night-vision goggles
* Gas masks
Can't we just solve this diplomatically? On a related news Turkish tourism industry warned yesterday in Hurriyet that the country will lose Israeli tourists. Vacationers from Israel comprise a large portion of business in Turkey's travel and hospitality industry.
Written by Armen Hareyan