It’s a nightmare for Israel, and information is still coming in. But based on the four reports I have read so far it appears as if this “peace” flotilla was meant to either show the world it could break a blockade or turn the world against Israel, which these days, wouldn’t be hard. It’s the latter that occurred. But the video clearly shows these peace activists were anything but peaceful.
From Yahoo News:
Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a botched raid that left at least nine passengers dead.
The high-seas confrontation was a nightmare scenario for Israel, which insisted its soldiers were simply unprepared for what awaited them on the Mavi Marmara, the ship carrying 600 of the 700 activists headed for Gaza. Instead of carrying their regular automatic rifles, the Israelis said they went in with non-lethal paintball guns and pistols they never expected to use.
Israel intercepted the six ships carrying some 10,000 tons of aid for the isolated seaside territory, which has been blockaded by Israel for three years, with Egypt’s cooperation. The Israeli government had urged the flotilla not to try to breach the blockade before the ships set sail from waters off Cyprus on Sunday and offered to take some aid in for them.
An offer was made to allow the ships to dock in Israel where the cargo would be searched and then allowed to continue to Gaza, but the flotilla refused and that’s when all hell breaks loose. The raid takes place in International waters but I am not sure that makes a difference. Or does it? Israel says that the some of the group on the ships had ties to terrorism.
But he insisted the Israeli forces had acted to defend themselves, telling reporters later that the flotilla was seeking to smuggle into Gaza rockets or other weapons to attack the Jewish state.
The raid by Israel troops “was to prevent the infiltration of thousands of rockets, missiles and other arms that could hit our cities, communities or people,” the Israeli leader said
This story is still developing. You can watch the video of the raid.