Passengers on Audacity of Hope threaten to murder IDF soldiersIn a conversation with a senior IDF security source on Tuesday, I was told that passengers on the American ship Audacity of Hope said in a public gathering that they want to kill IDF soldiers. While the IDF had said previously that passengers on a ship wished to kill IDF soldiers, the ship had not been named.
The same senior source repeated the story about passengers planning to throw sulfuric acid at IDF soldiers that was reported earlier.
The organizations behind the flotilla have ties to Hamas. There are more than 30 organizations that are involved in the flotilla, some of whom are connected to Hamas and some of whom are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.
One group is ECSG, which shares a chairman with the 'Palestinian Return Center,' an organization that has been banned in Israel as a terrorist organization. Another charity involved in the flotilla is the al-Aqsa Fund, which has branches throughout Europe.
Amin Abu-Rashed, one of the main leaders of the Italian-Dutch group, runs Hamas' charity fund in the Netherlands.
Muhammad Ahmed Hanoun is another leader who is connected to Hamas and not to IHH.
There are Turkish participants in the flotilla including from the IHH. They will be on more than two vessels.
The IDF will be able to send video from sea this time and it is allowing 12 foreign journalists to come on the Navy ship. They will be able to broadcast from the ship. But there will be no live feed into which we can tap.
The IDF is assuming that the flotilla will arrive regardless of the efforts made to stop it.