Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday morning told Israel Radio that flotilla participants are "terror activists, seeking to create provocation and looking for blood".

He said Israel plans to "deal with the flotilla properly," adding that, "Following our diplomatic activity, the number of boats, their size, and the number of participants has become less relevant. The majority of those who had initially planned to join the flotilla have been convinced by our explanations regarding the humanitarian situation in Gaza. They understand that those who wish to help can do this through legal means"."

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The government has declared that the flotilla, scheduled to arrive at Gaza later this week, will not be allowed to enter the territory by sea. If necessary the ships will be towed into Ashdod Port and the equipment on the ships impounded.

The Navy has begun its final preparations to stop the vessels, and the IDF sources said that commandos who board the ships will be prepared for a wide-range of scenarios from no violence at all to extreme and violent resistance from the passengers.

Yaakov Katz and Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

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