Israel said Monday it was “determined” to stop the Freedom Flotilla II from reaching the Gaza Strip.

But it hopes to do so with “minimal friction,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet said in a statement.

The forum of about a dozen senior ministers held a special meeting to discuss the group of ships carrying pro-Palestinian activists who have said they will attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza this week.

“The members of the cabinet decided at the end of a discussion about the flotilla, that Israel will be determined to prevent the flotilla from arriving in Gaza, and this with the minimal friction for as much as is possible with the passengers,” it said.

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