Other Arab Countries

Attempts to organize an aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip

According to reports, on November 20, 2023, an initiative was launched for 1,000 boats from around the world to gather in Turkey and sail to the Gaza Strip to break the so-called Israeli "siege." The initial departure date was November 23, 2023, however, so far there has been no report of its sailing. The organizers claimed the flotilla was a response and an act of "civil disobedience" against the "inhumane massacre" Israel was allegedly carrying out in the Gaza Strip, it was a "completely civilian initiative" and their intention was not to break the "siege" on the Strip, but to disable supply lines to Israel for several days. They also claimed that they would strictly observe international rules so as not to give Israel an excuse to attack the boats. This is not the only initiative which has been launched for an aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the war. For example, according to reports, the Turkish Mavi Marmara Association announced was organizing a flotilla to the Gaza Strip of vessels from various countries in response to "Israeli crimes," adding that the organizers had started a crowdfunding campaign to purchase boats and humanitarian aid supplies for the flotilla.

The Houthi Movement and the War in Yemen: Development and Significance

The Houthi movement was established in Yemen in the early 1990s, based on Shiite Zaydi Muslim residents, who make up about 30% of the country’s population. In 2004, the movement mounted a rebellion against the central government in Yemen because it had become too closely affiliated with the US and Israel. Until 2009, six rounds of fighting between the parties took place, at the end of which the Houthis established autonomy in northern YemenIn the ITIC’s assessment, the Houthis have weapons that can harm Israel, and in the past, senior Houthi officials even made statements about a willingness to do so if Israel posed an immediate threat. The potential threat to Israel from the Houthis exists, but for now, in the Israeli context, the Houthis are mainly engaged in statements of support for Hezbollah and the Palestinian terrorist organizations and providing financial aid to these organizations for the fight against Israel.