The decision on this morning’s operation was made unanimously by the seven-member security cabinet. Israel left itself having to decide, at the latest possible moment, between two unenviable alternatives: taking over the ships, or allowing the flotilla to pass, unimpeded and unexpected, into Gaza. The critical juncture may actually have been earlier: changing the fruitless siege policy, or taking less blatant steps against the flotilla, such as damaging their engines or physically blocking their path, without sending combat soldiers to board them.
“We were arrogant and complacent,” one officer told Haaretz. “We didn’t anticipate the scale of the resistance and didn’t conduct ourselves accordingly.”
Amos Harel, Haaretz
Also unclear is why the soldiers were not given clear orders not to open fire with live ammunition under any circumstances. The IDF has sufficient means for gaining control over rioting mobs using non-lethal force. And if the navy brass informed the decision-makers that there was a reasonable chance that firearms and other weapons would be used and civilians killed, then there is room for doubting the judgment of the policy makers who approved this mission.
Reuven Pedatzur, Haaretz
Seven idiots in the cabinet
Yossi Sarid, Haaretz
Non mi strapperete una parola di più.