Vessel Tahrir, this is the Israeli navy, please identify your course, over.
Tahrir here, over.
Ever-poetic, Ehab had a reply for this too:
The Israeli navy informed us that they would board and search our vessel—initially they said we would be free to continue after inspection, but of course they did not keep to their word on that. We replied that we would not consent to being boarded nor would resist actively. Some back-and-forth with them ensued, as we tried to clarify their intentions after the search.
We made it clear we would not negotiate with an illegitimate authority because we did not recognize their jurisdiction in international waters, but we were willing to keep talking to facilitate everyone’s safety. More back-and-forth by radio and with the Irish on the Saoirse by radio.
Suddenly, change of voice: