Israel "should have used more force"



BBC News - Israeli military chief defends Gaza flotilla raid

The head of Israel's military has defended its troops' use of live ammunition during a deadly raid on an aid flotilla sailing to Gaza in May.

But Lt Gen Gabi Ashkenazi told an Israeli inquiry they underestimated the threat and should have used more force to subdue activists before boarding.
His testimony follows that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who suggested that the army - rather than the "political echelon" - was responsible for the way in which the raid had gone wrong.
Is that the problem in Gaza too, not enough force?


I wish we'd stay out of this. Let them crack on. Hopefully one day one side will just crush the other and get the bullshit over and done with.
Israel staying classy since 1948.


No the problem in Gaza is Hamas. But if it is violence that interests you Hamas is an interesting place to start your study. You will have lots to be going on with.

Incidentally, I have spoken at length to two of the chaps (one a US GW1 vet) who were involved in the resistance to the boarding of the MV Mavi Marmara and they were quite open about their intentions and boastful about the results.
Ah yes the everlasting theme of Israel and military force. What's that expression I heard the techies use? Don't force it, use a bigger hammer. Could have been coined just for the Red Sea pedestrians.
Israel, killing arab civs since 1948 and wondering why they don't love them…
I seem to remember that Israel, as a country, was leased from one of the neighbouring countries. Maybe they're squabbling about the bill...

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