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.