Why did the IDF expect a peaceful encounter when they were on a mission to thwart the plans of another? According to the NY Times report, the action started with a "startle bomb", a loud explosion of noise, followed by IDF troops rappelling down to the ship on ropes, firing presumably paint guns -- but how were the people on the ship to know they were just paint guns --they make a load explosive.e - like pop all the same. Whether the mission was humanitarian or politically motivated (and there is nothing inherently evil about political motivations), remains to be determined. What happened in those few opening minutes seems pretty clear.
Saudi FM: We hope Iran uses sanction relief for development, not nefarious activities (Reuters)
from the article: Blair hails deal with Netanyahu to ease Gaza blockade