Monday, July 12, 2010

Israel Releases Report on Flotilla RaidJosh Pringle  Monday, July 12, 2010

A report into Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound protest flotilla blames flawed intelligence-gathering and planning for the incident.

The report says security forces underestimated the potential for violence on May 31st.

But the report praised the commandos who took part in the operation, saying they were justified in opening fire after being confronted by violent pro-Palestinian activists onboard one of the ships.

Nine people were killed in the Israeli raid.

The report’s author, retired general Giora Eiland, told reporters some of the mistakes took place at fairly high levels of command, adding there were mistakes in “both the intelligence and the decision-making process.”

Three Canadians were onboard the flotilla of ships raided by Israeli commandos off the Gaza coast.

The first question I cannot help but ask is this; What would Canada's response, or at least the media's response have been if the ship carrying three Canadians had been attacked by Iranian or Yemeni 'commandos'?

Of course, the 'commandos' would have been called terrorists. I cannot believe that the IDF is saying it was self defense when they landed on the ship from helicopters, with automatic weapons drawn. Or was it Mossad? I don't know. It's anyone's guess. People landing on the ship, in the night, with machine guns and shooting nine people dead and they are claiming self defense? 

The world grows weary of these stories and so do I.  

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