The planned dispatch of a flotilla of ships attempting to break the blockade on Gaza must be stopped, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of European representatives on Monday.
Speaking at a lunch with EU heads of mission in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said stopping the flotilla from heading to the coastal territory was a common interest for Israel and Europe.
“We are aware that there is an attempted provocation in May, possibly early June of a another so-called flotilla, not a peace flotilla but a provocation, a deliberate provocation to seek to ignite this part of the Middle East,” he added.
“I think it’s in your and our common interest, and I think it’s something that you should… transmit to your governments, that this flotilla must be stopped.”
Activists from 25 countries plan to sail around 15 ships to Gaza in May to mark the first anniversary of a smaller flotilla that attempted to sail to the territory last year but was intercepted by Israeli troops.
Israeli commandos raided the boats in a controversial operation that left nine Turkish activists dead and drew international condemnation. Agencies