Apparently Greece has caved to Israeli and U.S. pressure and will not be allowing the Flotilla to leave Greece. One of the activists on board the Audacity of Hope just tweeted that the Greek Coast Guard has taken over the ship and it’s been impounded.
I am so disgusted.
Here is a photo from earlier today as the Greek Commandos prepare to board the US ship, which they did. This is interesting because the U.S. ship has already been searched multiple times by Greek authorities and apparently also Israeli representatives. Also, the activists allowed the media to tour the ship and look and go anywhere they wanted. Obviously there were no weapons or contraband.
At today’s State Dept. daily press briefing, the deputy spokesperson, Mark Toner, had the audacity to say that Greece preventing the U.S. ship from leaving Greek waters was not a freedom of navigation/freedom of the seas issue although the State Dept. strangely used that rationale to defend Israel’s potential interception of the Flotilla in international waters, which doesn’t even make logical sense.