Was the seizure of the Victoria legal? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    "The Israeli Foreign Ministry argued that the [Turkish] flotilla's interception was lawful, as Israel had publicly declared its blockade, and had given the ships prior notification, and that activists had made it clear by written and oral statements that they intended to violate the blockade. It further argued that international law allowed a state to enforce a naval blockade in international waters, so long as the blockade did not impede access to the ports or coasts of neutral states. Several legal experts say, under the law of a blockade, intercepting a vessel could apply globally so long as a ship is bound for a "belligerent" territory." - Wiki// It appears that Israel is going to get into legal trouble over this seizure. Let us assume that the naval blockade on Gaza is legal. (I don't want to get into this issue itself since the objective UN Commission has not spoken yet.) Still, the Victoria was headed towards El-Arish (Egypt), and not Gaza. Egypt is a neutral country. The correct action would have been to notify Egypt of Israeli suspicions concerning the Victoria, and ask the military Egyptian to inspect the content, instead of acting unilaterally. The failure to do so is at the very least a national insult to Egypt.

    from the article: Netanyahu: Arms on seized ship came from Iran via Syria
    First published 14:55 15.03.11 | Last updated 14:55 15.03.11
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