Pirates of the Mediterranean
Israel has intercepted a ship which they claim was en route from Iran to Gaza, carrying weapons.
Israeli occupation forces claim to have intercepted an Iranian arms vessel headed for the Gaza Strip. The ship is believed to have contained medium range missiles and was boarded almost 1000km from the Israeli coast and the Occupation forces claim to have uncovered dozens of 302mm rockets on board.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, currently in the United States, promoting his new film (seriously), was quick to place blame upon the Islamic Republic.
He said: "At a time when Iran is talking with world powers, is smiling and uttering pleasantries, it is also sending deadly weapons to terrorist organizations – via an elaborate network of secret operations around that world that aim to funnel rockets, missiles and other deadly weapons to be used to harm innocent civilians. This is the real Iran, and this country must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons. We will continue to do everything we must to protect the citizens of Israel."
An unnamed senior IDF officer added: "We have conclusive evidence that there were rockets on board the ship, and we have proof and can say with certainty that Iran is behind this operation."
The officer said that the rockets originated in Syria, were loaded onto airplanes at the Damascus airport from which they were transported to Iran. There they were boarded onto the cargo ship, which set sail about 10 days ago en route to a port in Sudan.
Israel has operated a land, air and sea blockade of Gaza since 2007 - leaving many residents struggling to survive. The controversial blockade has long drawn the anger of human rights groups worldwide.