Watch for the international outcry that ensues whenever Israel acts in its own defense. “Israel seizes ship with Iran arms for Gaza: Netanyahu,” by Jeffrey Heller for Reuters, March 14:
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….
“Many weapons were found on board, intended for terrorist forces in the heart of Gaza,” Netanyahu said. “Iran is the source of the weaponry.”…