The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign have reported sabotage to their vessel, MV Saoirse, which they claim was carried out by Israeli agents. The MV Saoirse was to participate in another Free Gaza flotilla aimed at breaking through the Israeli blockade to bring aid to the Gaza region. Al Jazeera are reporting this as the second incidence of sabotage this year.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not softening significantly from last year’s line, judging by recent comments reported by Ha’aretz (which also has concerns about the sexual orientation of some participants in the flotilla).
Last year’s flotilla ended when nine of those on board were killed when it was stormed by Israeli commandos in international waters then forced into Israeli ports. This prompted considerable debate (including on here) and a quite public struggle to control how the story played out in the global media.