Saturday, July 10, 2010
Aid ship leaves Greece for Egypt—or for Gaza?
by Larry Geller
A ship carrying international aid to the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip has set sail, raising concerns in Israel. It is not clear exactly where the ship is headed.
Israeli and Greek officials say a ship commissioned by a Libyan charity has changed plans to sail directly to Gaza and will go instead to the nearby Egyptian port of El Arish. The Moldovan ship set sail from Greece carrying 27 people and 2,000 tons of food and medical supplies for the Palestinians.
Osama Mahmid, an engineer on the ship, told Egyptian television that the vessel is currently heading to Egypt.
But he said the ship is fully prepared to sail to the Gaza Strip. [Voice of America, Tensions Rise as Gaza Aid Ship Leaves Greek Port, 7/10/2010]
If the ship heads to Gaza, what will Israel do?
Israel suffered few consequences from its shootup of a Turkish ship that resulted in the deaths of at least nine people. There could be few restraints on them to prevent another attack on this ship.