Peace activists planning to land two boats on Gaza's shores are no better than "pirates" and will be turned back by the Israeli navy, officials have warned.
Israeli officials are thought to see the protesters' efforts as a dangerous precedent.
"From my point of view this is some kind of pirate ship," said Shlomo Dror, a defence ministry spokesman.
"You can demonstrate, that's OK with us. But you are not allowed to break international law."
One has to wonder if Defense Minister Spokesman Dror appreciates the delicious irony when he makes that statement about "...breaking international law."
Israel has been doing just that with the siege of Gaza.