We have no desire for a confrontation. We have no desire to board the ship. If the Rachel Corrie decides to sail the port of Ashdod, then we will ensure its safe arrival and will not board it.

 Statement  by MFA Dir. Gen. Yossi Gal on Gaza bound ship

 

Israel MFA Director General Yossi Gal

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

Amb. Yossi Gal, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the following statement to the press today in Jerusalem:

"I want to once again deliver a message that has been delivered in both public and private channels to the Rachel Corrie ship heading toward Gaza: 

We have no desire for a confrontation. We have no desire to board the ship. If the ship decides to sail the port of Ashdod, then we will ensure its safe arrival and will not board it.

Israel is prepared to receive the ship and to offload its contents.
After an inspection to ensure that no weapons and war materials are on board, we are prepared to deliver all of the goods to Gaza.
Representative of the people on board and relevant NGOs are welcome to accompany the goods to the crossings.

We will work with the UN and international organizations to ensure that all the goods are used for the benefit of the people of Gaza."