Activists: Israel sabotaged Irish vessel too

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Date 2011-06-30 14:41:25
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In one of the docs I sent this week, I believe the money behind the
flotilla is in the report from the IDF pp.

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From: Michael Wilson
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Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:36:26 -0500 (CDT)
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there's gotta be some rich Turkey or qatari or hollywood actor who just gets a kick out of telling his rich friends that one of his boats is involved in supporting the cause of the repressed palestinian peoples

On 6/30/11 7:23 AM, Peter Zeihan wrote:

just a general thought, but those things go for over $10m a pop and the leases aren't exactly cheap -- and i can only imagine the insurance costs should they find out that you're planning on running an IDF blockade Israel may find it simpler just to have a quiet convo with Lloyds rather than going to all the potentially problematic efforts of actually sabotaging the ships


From: "Fred Burton"
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Probably a lease. If we can pull up numbers we can possibly trace via Accurint. I can ask the IDF.

On 6/30/2011 7:13 AM, Peter Zeihan wrote:

here's the vessel
not exactly shoestring travel
any idea who is letting their yachts be used this way?


From: "Scott Stewart"
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Nice move.

On 6/30/11 12:44 AM, [email protected] wrote:

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From: David Dafinoiu
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 23:12:21 -0500 (CDT)
To: Fred Burton;
Subject: Activists: Israel sabotaged Irish vessel too

Organizers of aid flotilla seeking to challenge naval blockade of Gaza say 'damage caused' to 'Saoirse' docking in Turkey. Israeli officials satisfied with delays in sail

Israel has managed to sabotage another vessel seeking to reach the Strip, this time in Turkey, one of the organizers of an international aid flotilla to the blockaded Strip said Wednesday night.

He blamed Israel for "causing damage" to Irish ship 'Saoirse' (Gaelic for freedom), which was slated to carry some 20 activists. The man said he had spoken to the ship's crew while it was docking in Turkey, and they had no doubt the damage was intentional.

"It was an intentional sabotage, no doubt. The Irish removed the ship from the water, and this act of sabotage was intended to deactivate the ship. The activists took photos of the damage, and the pictures will be presented Thursday in a press conference in Dublin."

The flotilla's organizers have been trying to maintain secrecy so far, and have only agreed to say that the ship was docking in one of the Mediterranean ports. Nonetheless, the activist expressed his confidence that Israel was responsible for the damage.

"We know that Israel is a sophisticated enough country, and as much as we have tried to maintain secrecy, we knew it had more sources than we. It's clear who had an interest to harm the ship."

He added that "there were guards on the ship, but with diving equipment and skills it's hard to detect someone coming from under the water."

Reports on malfunctions and delays have been growing in the past few days, as the flotilla prepares to set sail. An internal document obtained by intelligence services reveals that fewer than 300 activists will be taking part in the protest activities against the Gaza blockade - a significantly lower number than initially expected.

Meanwhile, state officials have expressed their satisfaction over the developments. The Foreign Ministry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are continuing their talks with European leaders and American senators in a bid to have the entire flotilla canceled. According to information obtained by Israel, due to the delays the flotilla will set sail on Sunday, rather than on Saturday as planned.

"We're continuing to exert pressure, so that the flotilla won't set sail at all. Israel prefers not to see the flotilla arrive in the region, but if it does - it will face the IDF. We won't let them enter Gaza in any way," a state official said as the defense establishment completed its preparations for a possible operation.


David Dafinoiu

NorAm Intelligence
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Michael Wilson
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