Gaza Aid Flotilla Will Help Hamas

Israel, adamant that the pro-Palestinian activists would not be permitted to break its naval blockade of Gaza, constructed several massive tents intended to hold the activists at its main southern seaport. The activists rejected calls to abort their mission and vowed to press on as Hamas prepared a Gaza port for their arrival.One of Israel’s main concerns, an Israeli army spokesperson said on Thursday, was that the eight-ship flotilla could smuggle militants or weapons into the Hamas-run territory.Flotilla organizers are adamant they have no connections to the Islamists, and there is no evidence that either weapons or foreign fighters were ferried in by similar convoys in the past few years. But if the activists make it to Gaza, they are unlikely to be able to side-step the increasingly repressive and cash-strapped Hamas government in their attempts to get aid to the civilian population.