Two boats, the Canadian Tahrir (Liberation), and the Irish Saoirse (Freedom) have just left Fethiye, Turkey for Gaza! Given Israel’s successful thwarting of the last flotilla, this one was top secret. Those of us in Gaza in the know have been very excited about this new flotilla, which is carrying a Palestinian from Haifa in addition to civilians from nine countries.
Given Israel’s massacre on the Mavi Marmara in May 2010, the question on all of our minds is: What will Israel do this time? Turkish PM Erdogan has pledged that the Turkish navy will escort future aid vessels. If Israel attacks the Turkish navy, every member of NATO under Article V of the NATO charter, will have to defend it.
So the question remains, will the United States fulfill its obligations under NATO, or will it continue to isolate itself from the world by coming to Israel’s defense?