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Netanyahu to UN Chief: Upcoming Gaza flotilla must be stopped

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the flotilla, scheduled to head toward the Gaza Strip in May, is a provocation and goods can easily be transported to the strip via land.

HAARETZ.com

April 1, 2011 | 8:23 am

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday to stop the impending flotilla that is supposed to set sail to the Gaza Strip in May.

The Israeli prime minister told the UN Chief that the flotilla is being organized by extreme Islamists that are interested only in provocation. He added that the ship’s key goal is to fuel tensions, particularly in light of the fact that the Gaza Strip is open to all types of goods brought in via land.

“Hamas is a terrorist organization and Iranian proxy,” Netanyahu said, adding that “it was just recently revealed that part of Iran’s efforts is to arm [Hamas] and smuggle weapons into the strip.”

The prime minister then reminded the UN Chief of the recent incident of the Victoria ship earlier this month, upon which tens of tons of weapons from Iran were found and confiscated by Israel. Netanyahu told Ban that this is proof that Israel must act aggressively against the flotilla.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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