U.S. seeks ship to move arms to Israel
LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. is seeking to hire a merchant ship to deliver hundreds of tons of arms to Israel from Greece later this month, tender documents seen by Reuters show.
The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) said the ship was to carry 325 standard 20-foot containers of what is listed as “ammunition” on two separate journeys from the Greek port of Astakos to the Israeli port of Ashdod in mid-to-late January.
A “hazardous material” designation on the manifest mentions explosive substances and detonators, but no other details were given.
“Shipping 3,000-odd tons of ammunition in one go is a lot,” one broker said, on condition of anonymity.
Via KitKat’s Critique, which points out Ashdod is less than 20 miles from Gaza.
For my part, I think Hamas should refuse to discuss any ceasefire that doesn’t include a complete, UN-verified blockade of weaponry shipments to Israel.