The reason Israel needs to apologize - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • UnsavoryEcho
    • 24.07.11 | 21:10 (IDT)

    When IDF soldiers initially attempted to board the boat, they were taken by surprise and overwhelmed by the activists resistence, which they weren't expecting, and were essentially humiliated and embarassed. But instead of regrouping and changing their approach, they responded with a vengeance in what amounts to killing frenzy. In the heat of the encounter, and their initial embarassment, they completely lost focus, and military discipline, and they reacted with deadly hate-filled emotion. They unleashed as if they were in a firefight facing an armed enemy. And Israeli/IDF damage control quickly began creating a scenerio that would porrtray just that. But everyone pretty much knows what actually happened - even Israel has indirectly admitted the snafu...to itself - which is evidenced not only by passenger testimony, but also the forensic reports, and circumstancially, Israel's confiscation and complete subversion of all personal recording devices that were on board. Bottom line is that there's no need for Israel to apologize for stopping the flotilla...but there IS a very big need for it to apologize for the breakdown of military discipline and the deaths that resulted. And the IDF soldiers involved? To a small degree their response is understandable considering the natural human impulses involved - but on the other hand, they're trained, and supposedly "elite", soldiers who really have no excuse for their loss of focus and discipline...and they certainly are NOT the "heroes" they were made out to be!

    from the article: UN report on Gaza flotilla delayed due to Israeli request to continue Turkey talks
    First published 20:06 24.07.11 | Last updated 20:06 24.07.11
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