The Israel-Gaza conflict has taken its toll on many boats in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, especially in the north and south.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said it would take legal action to block the sale of boats to companies in the region that “do not adhere to IDF standards and practices.”
The sale of Israeli military and military-themed boats is prohibited by the terms of a 2015 Israeli order banning them from entering Palestinian waters.
The order is also on the books in Egypt.
“If any boats are sold to a company that is not compliant with IDF standards, it will be subject to a court order,” an IDF spokesperson told Al Jazeera.
“The boats will not be allowed to enter Palestinian waters.”
According to a statement from the Israeli defence ministry, the IDF was informed of the violation on Tuesday.
“It was brought to our attention that the Israeli army had been violating the terms and conditions of the [Israeli] order,” the statement said.
The IDF has also prohibited all ships from sailing to or from Gaza. “
We are taking the necessary legal measures to enforce the law.”
The IDF has also prohibited all ships from sailing to or from Gaza.
The IDF said the vessels were not going to the Gaza Strip, which has been under a crippling blockade since 2007.
“All the boats in Israeli waters will be confiscated by the Israeli navy and destroyed,” the IDF spokesperson said.
The Israeli navy has also announced that it will not allow any vessel to enter Israeli territorial waters in the Gaza strip, except to carry out humanitarian operations, which will be permitted only if accompanied by a team of military personnel.
The latest incident comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to travel to Europe this week to meet with EU leaders.
The EU has already banned ships from docking in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The two sides also have an ongoing dispute over the fate of the Palestinian people in Israel and the West Bank.
“While Israel and Hamas have no common interest, they must find a peaceful solution to the Palestinian issue,” Netanyahu said during a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the European Union summit in Malta.
“I will be meeting with leaders of all countries and in the coming days we will discuss how we can find a solution for the Palestinian question.”
The European Commission has already called on Israel to allow the Palestinian territory to be recognised as a state.
The European Union has also said it will launch a new round of negotiations to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“After the European Council meeting in Malta on Tuesday, I will travel to Jerusalem to talk to President Abbas and to discuss ways to find a viable solution to this problem,” Mogherinis office said in a statement on Tuesday evening.
The statement did not mention any further talks.
“Mogherini is aware of the ongoing situation in the Palestinian territories and the EU will not stop her from doing what she has to do,” the spokesperson said, adding that “this is an issue for all European countries”.