A statement said the Greek-registered freighter Arion ignored a radio message from the Israeli military saying it would not be allowed to enter Gaza waters and ordering it to turn back.
The statement said naval personnel boarded the small vessel without any shots being fired.
The military said those on board would be handed over to immigration authorities on arrival in the southern port of Ashdod, and humanitarian cargo would be trucked into the Gaza Strip after a security check. The ship arrived at Ashdod port after nightfall.
Now, why would this boat try to go to Gaza in the first place? They know damn well that boats are not allowed there, given that Hamas gets their weapons from Iranian ships and other unsavory characters. I appreciate the fact they want to help Gaza, but you cannot break these rules. This is a war. In wars, restrictions on boats DO occur, like during World War II. We had a coastal blackout after German boats came and sank ships. We then told civilian boats to stay away, or they'd be sunk. We even did sink some civilian ships during that. It is not different with Israel. Hamas brought hell down on Israel and they paid for it. They haven't given up, and they've been since their takeover, which is why Israel blockaded it, ever after the occupation of Gaza was unilaterally over. Why is the blockade necessary? To keep Hamas from bringing more hell to both Israel and the Palestinians in form of retaliation, but it has also smashed Hamas' popularity. With Hamas at a low point, they, the terrorist group they are, will be marginalized, and Israel will not have to make a deal with a group which wants to destroy it, and the PA can be strong, and stop the influence of radical Islamists from a new Palestine, only sure to bring about war. Israel must protect itself.
Guess one could say Cynthia McKinney was simply showboating.