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Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Says Next Ship Will Be Stopped

June 4 (Bloomberg) -- Israel will stop another aid ship heading for the Gaza Strip to break the blockade on the territory, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. said today.

“We’ll have to stop it,” said Michael Oren in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend.

The ship MV Rachel Corrie, named after an American activist killed in Gaza in 2003, is scheduled to arrive there within 24 hours, Oren said. The Corrie is being sent by the Free Gaza Movement, the group that organized the flotilla raided by Israeli commandos in international waters on May 31, leading to the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian activists.

“The ship that is approaching now is a smaller ship; on board the ship are not Islamic extremist thugs,” but “Irish activists,” said Oren. “We’re hoping we can work with the Irish government to offer them the same offer we had given the flotilla: Give us the cargo, we will transfer it to responsible hands in Gaza.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Nicole Gaouette in Washington at ngaouette@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net

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