Michael Totten

That's One Way to Stop the Blockade Runners

So the Israelis have figured out a way to stop their enemies from trying to run the blockade of Gaza. From here on out, it seems they will confiscate any ships that make an attempt.

Iran said the June 27 departure of a ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip has been canceled because of Israel’s vow to prevent Iranian and Lebanese vessels from breaching its blockade of the Palestinian enclave.

“The Zionist regime has made sending aid to Gaza a political issue,” Hossein Sheikholeslam, head of the Iranian agency to support Palestinians, was cited as saying by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency late yesterday.

He referred to Israel’s warning to the United Nations that it may take military action to prevent ships from reaching Gaza. “In order not to give the Zionist regime an excuse, we will send the aid through other routes and without Iran’s name,” said Sheikholeslam, a former lawmaker and diplomat.

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“The costs of sending aid to Gaza has increased,” Sheikholeslam said. “As Israel has said it will confiscate ships, no company is prepared to rent their vessels.”