Yesterday the Israelis intercepted a ship called the Victoria, bound from Turkey to Egypt and ultimately for Gaza. The Victoria held thousands of containers but, apparently unknown to its crew, four of those containers contained weapons that were manufactured in Iran and shipped out of Syria.
The Israelis brought the Victoria to the port of Ashdod, where they displayed some of the Iranian munitions for reporters. These are 120 mm mortar shells:
This is a C-704 missile, which has a range of 35 km and delivers a payload of around 280 pounds of explosives:
This one shows a 120 mm mortar shell, along with other munitions:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Ashdod and spoke with reporters about the seized weapons:
Examining the weapons at this port in southern Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “smash” what he called a Syrian-Iranian “axis of terror.”
“All those who question why Israel must stop … and inspect ships en route to Gaza can find the answer right here in Ashdod,” he said. “They were en route to terror organizations in Gaza but their ultimate target was the Israeli civilian population.”
Over the last year or two, forces sympathetic to the Palestinian terrorists have gone to great lengths to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. These terrorist sympathizers have pretended that the issue somehow relates to “humanitarian supplies,” when in fact food, medicines and other innocuous products have no difficulty being shipped into Gaza. The real purpose of these efforts to break the blockade, most notably the Mavi Marmara, has been to facilitate the shipment of weapons into Gaza for the purpose of murdering Israeli civilians. That was demonstrated once again yesterday.