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troung
06 Jun 10,, 21:13
Israhell will have no choice other then to back down in the face of the IRI's cutting edge new surface ships... :mad:
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Iran Offers To Escort Gaza Aid Flotillas

Updated: Sunday, 06 Jun 2010, 8:28 AM CDT
Published : Sunday, 06 Jun 2010, 8:28 AM CDT

(NewsCore) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards are willing to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, a spokesman for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iranian news agency Mehr on Sunday.

"Iran's navy forces are ready to escort the peace flotilla to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities," Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's representative inside the Revolutionary Guards, reportedly said.

The move came just a day after Turkey's prime minister was reportedly considering joining an aid flotilla and offering the support of the Turkish Navy to protect future missions from Israeli interference.

The presence of a naval force from either country would likely be seen by Israel as a highly provocative move. The Jewish state claims it has a right under international law to intercept ships attempting to break the blockade it imposes on Gaza.

When the possibility of military support being offered to aid flotillas by other nations was posed to Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israeli prime minister, he said such a prospect was not a "realistic scenario" and dismissed it.

"Some of these reports must be taken with a grain of salt ... I am not sure that is a realistic scenario," he told Sky News.

"I prefer that we sort these things out peacefully. Nobody wants any saber-rattling. It does not do any good."

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, hailed Sunday the prospect of more foreign aid ships attempting to break Israel's blockade.

"We condemn the continuing policy of terrorism implemented by Israel against the Palestinian people and activists for peace and freedom," Hamas said in a statement released from its base in exile in the Syrian capital Damascus.

The group also "warmly" saluted the foreign activists who were intercepted Saturday by Israeli forces attempting to deliver aid to Gaza.

Israel was Sunday in the process of deporting those 19 activists and journalists who were arrested by its troops. Seven foreign nationals were deported to Jordan earlier in the day.

The operation followed a raid on an aid flotilla last Monday that left nine activists dead and sparked international condemnation of the Israel Defense Forces.

(This article is provided by NewsCore, which aggregates news from around News Corporation.)

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They would be insane to put a ship anywhere near Israeli waters; totally insane. Can't think of many people matter who would feel bad if Israel put a poorly armed IRIN frigate or two under. Can see the Turkish threat of doing it and the problems that might cause politically; none of those exist here.

Seems like the IRI is mad people aren't paying attention to them right now :(

bigross86
06 Jun 10,, 21:39
This was posted over in the Flotilla thread. I don't really see it happening. Besides, just like any country that tries to escort an aid ship in, once it reaches the 12nm mark it's all a moot point, anyway

Stan187
06 Jun 10,, 22:31
This was posted over in the Flotilla thread. I don't really see it happening. Besides, just like any country that tries to escort an aid ship in, once it reaches the 12nm mark it's all a moot point, anyway

I believe Israel's blockade exclusion zone extends out to 100nm. Having a country's naval forces trying to break a blockade would be official act of war.

troung
06 Jun 10,, 22:48
'Erdogan has no plans to sail to Gaza'

Turkey's prime minister will not accompany an aid convoy bound for Gaza, says Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, voicing concern over the use of force against Turkish citizens.

"No. No. No, no, no, no. Prime Minister Erdogan doesn't have such an intention," Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with CNN on Sunday.

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Mustaqbal reported on Saturday that Erdogan had told close associates about his plan to visit Gaza to "break the Israeli blockade."

The report came nearly a week after Israeli navy commandoes killed 20 activists onboard the Turkish flagship of the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of nine ships carrying aid to the impoverished Palestinians trapped inside the coastal strip since 2007.

Erdogan reportedly informed the US that he considers asking the Turkish navy to accompany aid ships sailing to the Gaza Strip in the future, a plan Washington advised to delay.

Davutoglu further voiced concern over the fate of similar aid convoys which might plan to head for Gaza.

"If there is a new attempt again within the framework of this civilian approach, we cannot say anything against them. But if another country attacks this civilian convoy and kills our citizens, of course, we have full right to ask why," he said.

The Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla drew worldwide condemnation with Erdogan saying Israel must be punished for the 'massacre' it committed.

shadow01
06 Jun 10,, 22:59
Well. it would be one way to get rid of the Iranian Navy.

zraver
06 Jun 10,, 23:05
This was posted over in the Flotilla thread. I don't really see it happening. Besides, just like any country that tries to escort an aid ship in, once it reaches the 12nm mark it's all a moot point, anyway

Any ship makes it to the 12nm mark is home free, Hamas will surround it with hundreds of boats and board armed men to defend it.

chakos
06 Jun 10,, 23:11
The political ramifications of a joint turkish (sunni) and iranian (shia) escort of the aid ships would be very serious for israel. This would publicly signify the burying of the hatchet between the two big sects of islam in regarts to dealing with the israelis. One of the main reassons the muslims have been so inept in dealing with the israelis so far is because of this intra religious infighting. Not good news at all actually.

bigross86
06 Jun 10,, 23:20
Yeah, makes sense. The MV Rachel Corrie was intercepted 30nm out. Though, I wonder, how many boats could the Hamas actually float?

chakos
06 Jun 10,, 23:33
Yeah, makes sense. The MV Rachel Corrie was intercepted 30nm out. Though, I wonder, how many boats could the Hamas actually float?

Enough to swarm the IN to the point that its too busy dealing with them to succesfuly board the aid vessels. Would leave it with the option of letting it get through or sinking it outright. Neither options good...

bigross86
06 Jun 10,, 23:35
There's also a heli assault, like the first flotilla, but if you have enough teams it makes it a lot easier to takeover the ship.

Dreadnought
07 Jun 10,, 01:33
Imagine Assahola using words such as "peace" and freedom". Pathetic!:rolleyes:

You wont even give that to your own people and your going to give it to Gaza? Please, spare us the horseshit idiot!:rolleyes:

Maybe Assahola and dinnerjacket should both wash their mouths out with buckshot instead.;)

Somebody should also tell Assahola that Gaza would not be blockaded if Iran (under his direction) didnt support weapons and terror attacks on Israel. Its still not going to pull focus from the cladestine weapons program they are attempting. :P

chakos
07 Jun 10,, 05:39
There's also a heli assault, like the first flotilla, but if you have enough teams it makes it a lot easier to takeover the ship.

A heli assault on a vessel surrounded by many smaller armed vessels? How many teams do you have to lose? Your not China or Russia... your not in the business of sacrificing many just to make a political point.

In an environment that hot the only option would be to either sink or allow to pass.

treasure44
07 Jun 10,, 13:29
would this pose a military problem to Israel? What would Iran be likely to send? Would this result in any other interventions?

BenRoethig
07 Jun 10,, 13:31
The political ramifications of a joint turkish (sunni) and iranian (shia) escort of the aid ships would be very serious for israel. This would publicly signify the burying of the hatchet between the two big sects of islam in regarts to dealing with the israelis. One of the main reassons the muslims have been so inept in dealing with the israelis so far is because of this intra religious infighting. Not good news at all actually.

It could also be a very big turning point for Turkey as its days in NATO and its EU bid could be numbered.


would this pose a military problem to Israel? What would Iran be likely to send? Would this result in any other interventions?

Militarily, not really much of a problem. It would be nutjob and Erdogan trying to score brownie points with the islamists.