Israel warns ships from breaking Gaza blockade

Anticipating fresh bids by pro-Palestinian activists to sail against its Gaza Strip blockade, and hoping to avoid a repeat of its bloody boarding of a Turkish aid ship in May, Israel has turned to maritime law.

Israeli officials say vessels will be warned in advance that they face costly impoundment and the possible detainment of crews -- a strategy first floated in July when the threat of such action helped turn a Libyan-chartered ship away from Gaza.

“The legal approach proved effective as a deterrent, and we're prepared to see it through as a punishment, said one senior government official,” declining to be named.

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"Look, we're gonna starve the Gazans into overthrowing their elected government and accepting our rule through our obedient slave Abbas, and you may as well get used to it!

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