Israeli navy intercepts lone Flotilla entry (updated)

When Palestinian activists first began planning for their latest PR stunt of running the blockade into Gaza, they expected a half dozen ships to participate in the Flotilla, including the American entry, The Audacity of Hope. After some deft diplomacy and some providential sabotage, only one ship was left to carry on. And now, the Israelis have intercepted it, taken control, and brought it to Ashdod port. Haaretz: The Israel Navy on Tuesday intercepted the last remaining member of a flotilla of boats which had intended to reach the Gaza Strip, after it refused to obey an Israeli demand to change course as it sailed for a Gaza port. Elite troops from Israel's Shayetet 13 naval commando unit boarded the French yacht Dignite-Al Karame minutes after Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz issued the order to intercept. The commandos quickly took control of the vessel, with no resistance from those aboard. The Israel Navy began trailing the Karame while it was some 50 miles from...(Read Full Post)