FM Liberman: Countries in the region understand that sending vessels with aid is an unnecessary provocation.

 Israel submits complaint to UN about departure of vessels from Lebanon to Gaza


One of the ships that tried to break the naval blockade of Gaza in May 2010 (IDF archive photo)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

The Israeli delegation to the UN submitted a complaint Friday evening, 20 August, to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council President Vitaly Churkin concerning the vessels planned to leave Lebanon for the Gaza Strip at the beginning of the week. Following instructions issued by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, the letter states that sending the vessels is a superfluous provocation and that there are other, more acceptable ways to send aid to Gaza.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lately been in contact with key countries in the region and in the world in an effort to prevent the vessels’ departure. FM Liberman said that all of the countries in the region, including those that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel, understand that this action can only bring harm to the entire region. He expressed Israel’s hope that the countries will cooperate to prevent further provocations. Liberman added that the Gaza Strip does not need aid, because all of the goods needed by the population enter Gaza freely.