Netanyahu: This was No Love Boat
Prime Minister addresses nation two days after maritime clash, says that if Gaza turns into an Iranian port not just Israel will be threatened.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/2/2010, 8:34 PM / Last Update: 6/2/2010, 8:32 PM
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the Israeli public on live television at 8:00 p.m. Israel time, regarding the attempt by a terror-sympathizers' flotilla to break the blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza.
"This was no Love Boat,” he said. “This was a boat of hatred. It was a terror-supporting flotilla”
"The state of Israel faces an international campaign of hypocrisy,” Netanyahu said. “This is not the first time. Two years ago, we operated against the missiles that Hamas fired against Israel. Hamas fired at civilians and hid behind civilians. The IDF operated against Hamas in an effort to avoid hitting innocent civilians. Despite this, the UN accused Israel of war crimes and regretfully, I must say that this is what is happening now too."
"Hamas continues to arm, Iran continues to smuggle weapons into Gaza. The previous [Israeli] government placed a military blockade on Gaza to prevent weapon smuggling to Hamas. The purpose of the flotilla was to break the naval blockade of Gaza. If the blockade had been broken, this flotilla would have been followed by hundreds of ships. The amount of weapons that can be brought in by boat is far greater than what is brought in through the smuggling tunnels. An endless amount of weaponry can be brought in. It is our right and duty to inspect every ship that tries to reach Gaza, to remove the weapons and let the rest of the cargo enter.”
If Gaza turns into an Iranian port, Netanyahu said, other countries beside Israel will be threatened.
The naval commandos were attacked with knives and clubs and thrown off the deck, he said. “Their weapons were snatched and they were shot. There was an attempt to lynch IDF soldiers here. These are not peace activists. They are violent terror activists.”
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