IDF Spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich, head of the IDF Foreign Press Branch, addresses the planned 2011 Gaza flotilla which overtly declares its intention to sail to the Gaza Strip, governed by the Hamas terrorist organization.
Lt. Col. Leibovich explains that due to a vast history of smuggling weapons via the sea to terror sources who target Israeli civilians, the IDF must reserve the right to inspect every ship intending to reach the region. Failure to do so would result in the arming of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations operating in Gaza. The recent interception of the Victoria ship by the IDF last March, shows Iran’s attempt to arm these terrorist organizations with highly sophisticated weaponry to be used against Israeli civilians.
The IDF will not allow these ships to breach the lawfully enforced blockade, and will use all peaceful means necessary to prevent any confrontations.