Libyan Flotilla is on the way to Gaza
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
Over the past 48 hours it has been reported that the Libyan aid ship "Amalthea" has left the port in Greece and is heading towards Gaza. Earlier in the week before the ship left there were conflicting reports about whether the ship was headed to Gaza or if there had been an agreement secured between Israel and a few mediators in the matter that the ship would head to the Egyptian port of "El-Arish" or to the Israeli port at Ashdod. Before the ship left the official answer from the ship's captain was that the ship was headed to Egypt. However, within a short time of leaving the port, it was being reported by the agency in charge of the aid mission that the ship was indeed headed to Gaza. The Israel National News article reports:
A Libyan-leased ship called Amalthea, reportedly carrying 2,000 tons of aid for Gaza, has set sail from Greece – but there are conflicting reports on its destination. The ship left the Lavrio Port in southeastern Greece Saturday. According to some reports, Israeli diplomatic efforts have succeeded in causing the ship to set its route to El Arish, on the Sinai coast, instead of Gaza.
Over the weekend, Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke with Egyptian Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman about the ship, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke to the foreign ministers of Greece and Moldova. The Foreign Ministry assessed that the ship, which flies a Moldovan flag, would not attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
However, Al-Jazeera's reporter on the ship said that the captain of the ship, a Cuban national, confirmed shortly before leaving that he planned to head for Gaza. The captain's statement “would contradict a statement from the Israeli foreign ministry, which claims to have reached an agreement with Greece and Moldova to have the ship diverted to Egypt,” Al Jazeera reported. “However," it added, "the ship is the private property of a Moldovan owner, so it was not clear what impact the two European governments could have.”
Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency quoted Hamas operative Jamal Al-Khoudari and Arab Knesset member Ahmed Tibi as saying the ship was still headed for Gaza. The ship, renamed Al-Amal by its Arab leasers, is expected to take about three days to reach port.
This report was based on information just two days ago. However, the most recent news reports are indeed confirming that the ship is heading towards Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza due to the Hamas terrorist group. The Jerusalem Post news agency is reporting:
Activists aboard the Libyan aid ship headed for Gaza plan to arrive at their destination Wednesday, AFP news agency reported Monday. The website of the charity funding the ship, headed by Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddaffi, stated that "the crew on board the ship maintains a positive mood." The aim of the Libyan backed aid ship the Amalthea is to sail directly to Gaza, Youssef Sawani, executive director of Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, which has mounted the operation, said last Sunday in an interview with Army Radio.
The Israeli government for their part issued warnings to the ship to not to try to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. The Israeli government has declared that they will do everything possible to stop the ship from reaching Gaza. One of the interesting things I have noticed about the new ship is that it is considerably bigger than the one that traveled from Turkey back in May. The ship that is leaving Greece is more an ocean going vessel that is designed to carry heavy loads across vast bodies of waters. While the Turkish ship was several stories tall, it was more of a passenger oriented ship and was not nearly as big as the one coming from Greece. At least that is the way it looks to me. The ship leaving from Greece is said to be so big that the port in Gaza might not be able to handle it. This was not the case with the Turkish ship that carried mainly passengers and terrorists.
As usual the propaganda being spoken by the Libyan flotilla organizers was that the ship was strictly on a humanitarian mission to Gaza to deliver supplies, mostly medicines and similar supplies. But this is exactly the same kind of nonsense that was spoken ahead of the Turkish flotilla back in May and we all know what happened there. So, I believe that Israel needed to be prepared for almost any possible scenario as it would appear that the current Libyan flotilla could be simply a part 2 version of the Turkish flotilla. Since the Turkish flotilla incident it has come to light that the organizers of the flotilla have admitted that the purpose of the flotilla was to cause a confrontation with Israel, rather than to deliver so called "needed supplies" to Gazans. This would likely explain why much of the cargo from the Turkish flotilla was expired and unfit for consumption. It was clear to all that the Turkish flotilla was a trap on the high seas that Israel fell walked right into.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared that no ships would be allowed to breach the naval blockade of Gaza. The Jerusalem Post article quoted Lieberman as saying:
In response to these comments Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Army Radio on Sunday that "no ship of any kind will be allowed to arrive at Gaza."
"I hope that common sense will prevail," said Lieberman. "They can deliver aid for Gaza to [Egyptian port] El-Arish or Ashdod." The foreign minister added that Israel was not looking for a confrontation but that no one would be allowed to undermine the country's sovereignty.
While only time will tell what will happen in regards to the Libyan flotilla to Gaza, I would encourage everyone to keep their eyes open for any possible confrontation that could occur. Another confrontation similar to the one back in May has the potential to ignite the region as Hamas and Hezbollah have both been preparing for the next round of fighting with Israel. The Iranians could easily order both groups to start an altercation with Israel in order to inflict damage on the Israeli population as well as take the international community's eyes temporarily off their nuclear program. It is no secret that Iran is racing to the finish line on their nuclear program and time is certainly winding down on any military effort to stop them. Iran would like nothing more than to try to distract the world community while they cross the nuclear finish line. Let's keep watching and see what happens, things have a tendency in the Middle East to head downhill pretty fast.
As usual I would like to ask folks to pray for Israel as the next 72 hours will be a very crucial time as the Libyan ship moves off the coast of Gaza. We need to pray for the IDF that will intercept any attempt to breach the Gaza blockade. Let us also pray for that Israel's leaders be given supernatural wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in order to effectively deal with this threat. and as always, let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem.