The purpose of the flotilla was not to get big weapons through the blockade. The organizers made it very clear that their objective was to delegitimize Israel in the eyes of the media. Whether they get through or not is completely irrelevant and they know it. For the "professional activists," it is a win-win scenario no matter what. If they fail to reach Gaza, the media will blame Israel for continuing to run a gigantic gulag. If they succeed, Israel will be forced to violate international law if it selectively blocks ships. Win-win. Israel, on the other hand, knows full well that after the blockade is lifted, there will be many shipments of high-grade Iranian weapons, materials for building better bunkers and tunnels, and materials for manufacturing more 40-foot rockets. But anyone who thinks the media would be bored with "Flotilla Reaches Gaza" is kidding himself. The international media loves conflict, however small, and they know full well how to spin any small conflict into a large one. And if "the wise Jew" knows how to use Greek anti-semitism to advantage, isn't that better than letting a few people get shot? Isn't that what "finessing" your opponent is all about?
U.S. sanctions Russia's state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport (Reuters)
from the article: In dealing with flotilla, Israel is anything but smart