Despite the fact that the list of ships taking part in the flotilla has dwindled, and the few remaining are experiencing delays, Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday recognized that the situation is not over, saying, "We obviously still need to prepare for the possibility that flotillas will arrive."
In an official statement released by Barak's office, the defense minister said, "We are seeing positive developments regarding the flotilla. The governments of Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey are active in thwarting it. This is a result of extensive work by the Foreign Ministry and prime minister."According to Barak, the "influencing factor" in successful efforts to prevent the flotilla has been "that it is clear to everyone that Gaza, ultimately, is open to all civilian products."