Two down: Israel's own ship fails to launch


Hot on the heels of the Libyan boat’s diversion earlier this week, a second boat has failed to reach Gaza.

The organisers of a boat due to sail from Ashdod were warned off in port and diverted to Tel Aviv a few miles down the coast.

Luckily this one was mostly filled with people, not aid, but the sentiment is significant. The passengers were mostly Arab Israeli lawmakers and opinion-shapers, including Knesset member Ahmed Tibi. Israel’s sending a clear message that there’s a right way and a wrong way to send aid.