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AFAIR it's not only porting to GTK3, it's also removing (or better: isolating) direct X11 dependencies to allow the port to Wayland.
Yeah, that's my understanding too. They could have done the port in two pieces - a quick-and-dirty port to Gtk3 but still featuring all the deprecated stuff tied to X11, then a cleanup that allows them to support Wayland - but they've chosen to combine them. And as usual, "do it right" takes longer...
I think it more has to do with Flash being linked to GTK2; currently it is not possible to use GTK2 and GTK3 in the same process, thus Flash won't work with a GTK3 built of firefox where the plugin lives in the same process as the browser gui.
You must be trolling, there is tons of tons of tons of flash content in the internet and milliards of sites, that html5 doesnt support, and it will take at least 10 years for html5 to catch up with all the flash functionality, if html5 devs will not be so dumb and lazy as gnome's devs, not to mention, that html5 is still performing way worse than flash, and even youtube isnt fully supported, just some videos...