Iran Offers Military Protection for Gaza Aid Ships

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel stopped another ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid bound for the Gaza Strip without any trouble over the weekend.

The news comes as Iran's Revolutionary Guard offered to give a military escort to the next flotilla to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

"Enemies should be met head-on through a spontaneous international movement and we should foil their evil plots," Hojjatoleslam Ali Shirazi, Supreme Leader Ali Ayatollah Khamenei's representative in the Iranian navy, told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.

CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell appeared on The 700 Club to give further insight on the incident.

Click play to watch the interview.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet that this weekend's operation compared with last week's much publicized confrontation showed the difference between a humanitarian flotilla and a flotilla of hatred by terror-supporting extremists.

Turkish newspapers published photos of the Israeli commandos who were ambushed on the Mavi Marmara last week. The pictures, released by the Turkish group, Humanitarian Relief Foundation, or IHH, show wounded soldiers surrounded by an angry mob.

Israel has not agreed to an international investigation so far as they are concerned about severe anti-Israel bias. Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren said Israel could investigate itself.

"We are discussing with the Obama administration the way in which our inquiry will take place. But the notion of some international commission coming along and judging Israel's right to defend itself - that is not admissible," Oren said.

It is clear that the trouble is not over. Reports indicate the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan might accompany the next flotilla.

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