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My Take On the Flotilla Incident

Reader comment on item: "Free Gaza" Flotilla Defeats the Israel Defense Forces

Submitted by Mark D. (United States), Jun 1, 2010 at 23:15

The high seas incident stemmed from something that wasn't an appropriate thing to do and they knew that: Sail there to - and land in - Gaza.

By doing so, naturally there would be a collision course.

Israel was expected to take action to prevent ships going to Gaza, so in effect, they got provoked.

So soldiers descended on the boat, took a beating from a mob who obviously had an intemperate appetite for killing Israelis or Jews. The soldiers then, fearing for their lives, defended themselves.

There should have been no condemnation and I take umbrage to that because it's not pleasant to see world leaders jumping the gun.

The Israelis did not do anything wrong. Maybe what they did wrong was - under trying circumstances - foolishly descending on the boat without anticipating a mob attack. They should have known better.

And the world leaders should have known better than to act prematurely.

Meanwhile the pro-Palestinian activists got nearly everything they could have hoped for: tattered Israeli public relations.

Mark D.

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