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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

IDF commandos used paintball guns instead of real ones

The commando in the picture may look real, but that's not a real weapon he's using. He's playing paintball. Just like my kids did a couple of vacations ago. Just like the IDF commandos tried to do on the flotilla of fools on Monday. Yes, really.
Navy commandoes slid down to the vessel one by one, yet then the unexpected occurred: The passengers that awaited them on the deck pulled out bats, clubs, and slingshots with glass marbles, assaulting each soldier as he disembarked. The fighters were nabbed one by one and were beaten up badly, yet they attempted to fight back.

However, to their misfortune, they were only equipped with paintball rifles used to disperse minor protests, such as the ones held in Bilin. The paintballs obviously made no impression on the activists, who kept on beating the troops up and even attempted to wrest away their weapons.

One soldier who came to the aid of a comrade was captured by the rioters and sustained severe blows. The commandoes were equipped with handguns but were told they should only use them in the face of life-threatening situations. When they came down from the chopper, they kept on shouting to each other “don’t shoot, don’t shoot,” even though they sustained numerous blows.


The Navy commandoes were prepared to mostly encounter political activists seeking to hold a protest, rather than trained street fighters. The soldiers were told they were to verbally convince activists who offer resistance to give up, and only then use paintballs. They were permitted to use their handguns only under extreme circumstances.


The forces hurled stun grenades, yet the rioters on the top deck, whose number swelled up to 30 by that time, kept on beating up about 30 commandoes who kept gliding their way one by one from the helicopter. At one point, the attackers nabbed one commando, wrested away his handgun, and threw him down from the top deck to the lower deck, 30 feet below. The soldier sustained a serious head wound and lost his consciousness.

Only after this injury did Flotilla 13 troops ask for permission to use live fire. The commander approved it: You can go ahead and fire. The soldiers pulled out their handguns and started shooting at the rioters’ legs, a move that ultimately neutralized them. Meanwhile, the rioters started to fire back at the commandoes.
The moron who gave the orders to use paintball guns and not to use real guns until the soldiers' lives were endangered ought to be kicked out of the IDF.

I hope the IDF soldier who was thrown down is okay. Remember the last time an IDF soldier was thrown down from a height?

That's what nearly happened again on Monday because some moron in the IDF didn't take the threats from these ships seriously.

Read the whole thing.


At 10:07 AM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...


At 10:08 AM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

The moron who gave the orders to use paintball guns and not to use real guns until the soldiers' lives were endangered ought to be kicked out of the IDF.

tear gas, tazers, pepperspray, stun guns would have helped a lot and avoid 9 dead terrorists

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

The fact that they "only" had paintball guns may have been a blessing. If you watch the videos closely you'll see that their rifles were useless in the situation they were in. In fact it might have made matters worse. When soldiers rappel down from the chopper with hands & feet on the rope, their weapons are inaccessible to them. Here they fell down into the hands of a mob that tackled them one by one and ambushed them with iron pipes & clubs. Before you knew it, the terrorists would have been in possession of M16 rifles & some hostages as well! So thank G-d for the good fortune of them NOT having their rifles and they made proper use of their pistols when their lives were endangered.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

that is EXACTLY what it reminded me of too! My blood ran cold.

like the US commander in Afghanistan who said troops would get a medal for WITHHOLDING fire! Only a Brit could come up with such an idea.

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a national disgrace:

Sailor’s First-Hand Report: We Came to Speak; They Came to Fight

The government and the IDF have sissified our "elite" troops into being politically correct baby sitters.

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am said...

The fact that they "only" had paintball guns may have been a blessing.


No. The Israeli naval vessels have 4 inch cannons, which they should have used to puncture the ships below the water line, without rappelling a single soldier onto a ship.


Chrysler 300M said...

The moron who gave the orders to use paintball guns and not to use real guns until the soldiers' lives were endangered ought to be kicked out of the IDF.


Since it should be assumed that this was signed off by at least DM Barak and COS Ashkenazi, the idiot officers in the IDF who went along with this are the smallest of the players who unnecessarily endangered the lives of our soldiers - supposedly elite troops, even worse.

They all need to go. The leadership is a complete failure.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

There's stupidity in Israel... and one has to ask why the Stupid Jews saved Raed Salah instead of throwing him overboard. Why didn't they blow up the Mamara? What is it with Jews they have to treat anti-Semites with kid gloves? Even then they managed to kill only 9 of them and the world is screaming its head off that killing too few Jew haters is "tragic." No grasshopper; they should ALL have been killed and Israel should have reveled in it. And we see Israel's mindless politicians and media bemoaning it was a "disaster." No - it was just the exact opposite. It was a victory over Islamofascist Anti-Semites. That is who IDF troops killed under engagement rules boarding on the absurd even though Israel at war with wild animals who seek to wipe out the Jewish State. That is what really happened on Monday.

At 1:44 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I agree here with Shy Guy - incidentally Caroline Glick wrote that Israeli leaders don't appear to recognize the country is at war so they seek to appease anti-Semites instead of killing them all. Until Israel recognizes the reality of what it is dealing with, it will lurch from crisis to crisis.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

IMO, the ships should have been disabled. Render inoperable their rudders, propellers, or engines. Then the ships could be towed to Ashdod.

I hope Israel learns a big lesson from this. Unfortunately, it looks like the next "humanitarian ships" will have Turkish navy escorts.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

OK, so it appears sabotage may be exactly what the IDF did to some, but not all, of the ships. http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=177108

Good to know.

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Mark's Pro-Israel Blog said...

If what Stuart said about Turkish naval escorts is correct, that has to be an act of war

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Its quite starnge to read that they are using paintball Guns instead of real ones

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Using paintball guns in such a sensitive operation is not a smart move and it’s no surprise to hear that the crowd didn’t disperse – the worst you would expect is heavy bruising, if that!


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