In order to provide some credibility to Benjamin Netanyahu’s warmongering against Iran at the AIPAC annual conference in Washington and during a meeting with the US president Barack Hussein Obama in the Oval Office – the Israeli army PR came up with a silly story. It announced that Israeli navy seized a Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel Klos C in the Red Sea on Wednesday that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip, reported Reuters on March 5, 2014.
“The disclosure came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in the United States to press his case for tougher international action against Iran over its disputed nuclear program and support for Islamist guerrilla groups,” reported the news agency.
Hamas, which has ruled Gaza Strip since 2006, dismissed the Israeli announcement as a “silly joke”. “This is a new Israeli lie aimed to justify and prolong the blockade of Gaza,” said Taher Al-Nono, an advisor of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
Iranian foreign minister Dr. Muhammad Javad Zarif mocked Israeli story. “An Iranian ship carrying arms for Gaza. Captured just in time for annual AIPAC anti Iran campaign. Amazing Coincidence! Or same failed lies,” Zarif said via his Twitter account.
Roi Tov, an Israeli Jew who converted to Christianity and as result was chased out of Israel – wrote about Israel’s this latest propaganda lie against the Islamic Republic on his blog on March 6, 2014.
“The Shayetet 13 (naval commando) attack on the Panamanian ship KLOS C was commanded by Lieutenant General Gantz, commander of the IDF, directly from the Navy War Room. Minister of Defense Yaalon was present. Major General Ram Rothberg,the Israeli Navy Commander, were with the force at sea, and did not miss the opportunity to be filmed in the Panamanian ship. Good, this will make the International Court of Justice job easier when the day comes,” wrote Tov.
“Israel claims that the ship was transporting M302 rockets from Iran to Gaza. Once there, they would be able to reach most of Israel’s territory. Iran denies. Gaza denies, claiming that it is another Israeli joke,” says Tov.
“The operation was launched from an Israeli naval base on two Eritrean islands, Dahlak and Fatma, created following a 1995-agreement between the countries. The base is capable of providing basic maintenance to military ships and serve as a deployment base for the naval commando,” adds Tov.
“Considering the impossibility to take for granted anything that Israel says, and the denial by all other players, the world must demand from Israel to prove that it did not implant those missiles on the ship. I am sorry, but an image of Major General Rothberg next to the missile’s fuel is not a proper answer. Also a bag of cement saying “Iran” proves nothing. Minister of Defense Ya’alon photographed while looking mesmerized at an unseen computer screen also does not count as a proof,” said Tov.