I might suggest Ashkenazi is stating the obvious because of course Israel boarding cargo ships in international waters, where a ship's right to self defence is equal to Israel's own within its territory, IS unprecendented. I'm not aware Israel does this regularly. But my real question is whether the headline here correct or Haaretz is 'interpreting' the unprecedented line - did Ashkenazi truly say the IDF could not have predicted the outcome? Not sure I agree with that one. The IDF is generally not dense to the best of my knowledge and, even apart from the fact several Israeli officials recommended against boarding the flotilla at all, after the ship repelled the boarding boats without a single soldier landing it would be pretty dense to think adopting a Plan B of dropping armed commandos one by one into an already rioting mob was going to go any way other than the soldiers, one by one, getting pasted. That's what happens to soldiers outnumbered 50:1 in a rioting mob, anywhere. And shooting people is what soldiers do when they are being pasted. Of all possible excuses this one rings somewhat hollow - 'We failed to predict the 'board one at a time' plan would go badly and therefore chose not to use any of the less confrontational alternatives like fouling the rudder or guiding the ship to port' is not 'we could not predict the obvious would happen'.
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from the article: IDF chief to Gaza flotilla probe: Raid quickly became 'chaotic'