Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised IDF naval officers and commandos on Tuesday for the smooth takeover
of a Gaza-bound ship. Soldiers boarded a ship that aimed to violate the naval blockade on Hamas and steered it to Ashdod.
Barak also praised the work done by the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry to discourage participation in “flotillas” aimed at breaking the blockade on Hamas. Their efforts succeeded in reducing the number of participants in this year's flotilla, he said.