Indeed. But this resolve is certain to be tested, and soon. “Israeli army chief vows to stop Lebanese, Iranian ships,” from AFP, June 22 (thanks to all who sent this in):
JERUSALEM — Israel’s army chief vowed Tuesday to prevent Lebanese and Iranian aid ships from entering the Gaza Strip, saying the coastal enclave would not become an Iranian port, media reported.
“We have the right to inspect and prevent the flow of arms into Gaza,” the Ynet news website quoted Israeli chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi as saying.
“We can’t let Gaza become an Iranian port,” he said speaking at a Jewish seminary in northern Israel.
Earlier Tuesday Iranian Red Crescent officials said an Iranian aid ship is to leave the Gulf port of Bandar Abbas for a 14-day journey to Gaza at the end of this week, the ISNA news agency reported.
Lebanese civilian groups are also planning to send two ships to the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian territory via Cyprus.
“If a flotilla comes from Lebanon we will deal with it. If they are peaceful we will deal with it peacefully, if not we will deal with it as we need to,” Ashkenazi said….