(Israel Hayom/ Exclusive to JNS.org) A "Women's Boat to Gaza" is due to arrive in Israeli waters Wednesday. The ship, a yacht called Zaytouna Oliva carrying 13 female activists, set sail from Spain in September as part of a wider Freedom Flotilla Coalition to break the Israeli Navy's blockade of the Gaza Strip.
As in the past, Israeli naval forces are expected to demand the ship stop as it approaches Israeli waters. If it refuses, the Israel Defense Forces are expected to prevent its arrival in Gaza by boarding the boat and bringing it to the Ashdod port.
When asked to comment on the flotilla, the IDF said they do not divulge operational preparations.
Fifty-five members of the EU parliament support the flotilla and asked EU Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini to pressure Israel to allow the ship to reach Gaza's port. According to the flotilla's Twitter account, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. diplomat Ann Wright are among the women on board.
The "Women's Boat to Gaza," as it has been named on Twitter, is the latest boat sent to break Israel's blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. To date, the largest effort was the "Gazan Freedom Flotilla" from Turkey in 2010.