The first sail
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'Flotilla running into rough waters'

Jerusalem sources say frequent changes in Gaza-bound sail's itinerary stem from for than logistics

Jerusalem was unfazed Tuesday by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's call on the organizers of the second Gaza flotilla to reconsider the sail, saying Israel was "gearing for any scenario."


Ynet's sources said that the frequent reports suggesting changes in the flotilla's itinerary stem from more than just logistic reasons.



Israel is bracing for the arrival of 15 vessels carrying an estimated 1,500 activists, and Jerusalem believes more changes in the sail's plans are to be expected.


The flotilla's organizers, it is believed, are finding it hard to meet their goal in regards to the number of ships partaking in the sail. "They want to breach the blockade and think that the more ships they have, the higher their chances of succeeding," a source told Ynet.


The IHH, which organized the first Gaza flotilla, is heavily involved in the second sail, alongside the "Free Gaza" Movement" and the "European Campaign." These three are joined by several smaller groups, which are trying to stage a united international front.


Based on statements made by the organizers, as well and independent intelligence, Israel believes the ships taking part in the flotilla will set sail from several ports before forming a convoy in the east waters of the Mediterranean, and heading to Gaza.


Israel has stepped up its efforts to prevent the sail – a call which has been echoed by several in the international community, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


"The goal is not only to stop the sail – that's a rather tall order we're not sure we can meet – but to create opposition to it in the diplomatic area," concluded the source.




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