Israel's UN ambassador warns UN chief over planned Gaza flotilla
Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor calls on international community to do 'everything in their ability' to prevent the upcoming Gaza aid flotilla, which is set to sail later this month.
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations sent a letter to the UN Chief and head of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, expressing concern for the upcoming Gaza aid flotilla which is set to sail in an attempt to break Israel's naval blockade on the Strip.
Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor warned of the flotillas dangerous implications in the letter, saying that Israel is steadfast in its enforcement of its naval blockade on Gaza.
Referring to the flotilla, Prosnor wrote that "these kinds of activities disturb, especially in light of the present situation in the Middle East."
"It's up to the international community to send an unequivocal message that provocative initiatives such as these contribute only to raising tensions in the region," Prosner wrote.
"The goal of the flotilla is not to give humanitarian aid but to provoke and aid a radical political agenda." Prosner wrote.
There is no real need for a ship, Prosner said, as there are other acceptable ways to transfer aid to Gaza. "The UN, for example, transfers aid to Gaza on a daily basis through the acceptable ways."
Prosner added that leaders in the international community, including heads of state, UN representatives, and most of the Security Council members are against the ship, which he said "aims not to help Palestinians but to hurt Israel."
"Israel calls on the international community to do everything in their ability in order to prevent the flotilla and warn citizens of countries of the risks of participating in this type of provocation," Prosner wrote.
Organizers of the flotilla, which is set to sail for Gaza later this month, estimate that between five and eight ships will participate in the flotilla. A source from the group recently said that the number of activists taking part in the flotilla is being reduced from 1,000 to around 300.