Why did Israel attack the 'flotilla of fools'?As noted earlier today, the IDF attacked the 'flotilla of fools' - the group of ships bringing 'aid' to Gaza in the wee hours of Monday morning. The IDF has confirmed that 7 soldiers were injured: 2 severely, 2 moderately and 3 lightly. All of the injured people on the boat - including the 'activists' - have been evacuated to hospitals in Israel.
Reports indicate that anywhere from 2 to 14 passengers on the boats were killed and 'dozens' were injured. This is from YNet (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
According to an IDF source, "The sail's participants were not innocent and used violence against the soldiers. They were waiting for the forces' arrival."
The NTV network has been broadcasting images of injured passengers on board one of the ships since the morning hours. Some were evacuated on boats and helicopters.
The al-Jazeera network reported that hundreds of soldiers took over the vessels taking part in the sail simultaneously.
According to a reporter on one of the ships, the Israel Defense Forces raided all vessels from the sea and air at the same time and informed all of the passengers that they were under arrest.
The Israeli vessels, the report said, attacked the flotilla in international waters with aerial reinforcement, using gas. A Qatari television channel broadcast live the dramatic images from the ships, with Hamas spokespeople giving interviews and vowing to punish Israel for "the new crime".
The images showed Commando soldiers with their faces covered. A fighter in uniform, wearing a gas mask, tried to block the camera with his hand, while more and more troops raided the ship after sliding down from a helicopter using a rope.
The NTV network showed Commando fighters hanging down from ropes onto the ships' decks. One of the images showed a military doctor treating one of the injured.
At around 4 am, the live broadcast from one of the six ships was disconnected. The broadcast was resumed an hour later and the ship began calling out for help and announced to the Navy that there were injured people aboard.
One of the commenters in the previous post asked why Israel didn't just surround the ships at sea and 'force' them into the port of Ashdod. Israel spent three days trying to 'convince' them to go into the port of Ashdod. Surrounding them at sea and trying to force them into Ashdod would have sacrificed the element of surprise.
And why attack them at sea and not wait for them to get closer to Gaza? Because doing so would mean that Israel would have had to fight with the Gazans on land in addition to fighting the 'activists' at sea.
Did the Israeli government warn the 'activists' before they boarded the ships? You bet they did. Here's an IDF video that shows one of those warnings.
Let's go to the videotape.
If you had heard that warning - knowing that the IDF delivers hundreds of tons of cargo to Gaza every day - would you have continued to try to reach Gaza or would you have gone to Ashdod? Obviously, they were looking for a confrontation, and they were looking for cannon fodder to make into 'martyrs.'
And don't buy the story that these were 'unarmed' 'peace activists.' In the video below, you will see one of these 'unarmed' 'peace activists' hit an Israeli soldier with a pipe and then stab him with a knife.
Let's go to the videotape.
Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Israel. Good. It's time to stop the bluff that Turkey has anything but warlike intentions toward us.
Bottom line: These people committed an act of war - arguably on behalf of the Turkish government. Maybe the next time, after seeing the results of this time, they will think twice.