The following is an exclusive Press TV interview with Lauren Booth, a British journalist who is among 40 activists who have departed Cyprus for the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the Israeli siege:
Q: Any chance the Israeli authorities are going to let you through so that you can break the blockade of Gaza?
A: Well interestingly yesterday on the BBC, one of the diplomats from Israel said under no circumstances will any of these ships be allowed to arrive in Gaza. And really, that was a mistake, a diplomatic error on his part of Israel because it shows that security questions are not the reason they are blockading the sea and the lands and the air around Gaza.
It appears to be a collective punishment for the 1.5 million civilians living there and to say that you won’t let any boats in even when all security measures have been met, which they have been, and will be – that was a mistake.
Q: At the moment, the reports I have say the Israeli foreign ministry is following developments. So, as far as you are hearing they are saying no at the moment?
A: The people here, the organizers believe that it is very likely that there will be an interception at sea by the Israeli navy. But everybody on this boat, the journalists included, sincerely hope that we will get through because let’s remember that 80 percent of Gazans have been forced into poverty and r… >>>