Netanyahu Calls 1948 Altalena Affair 'Reckless Decision-making'

Israel Defense Force’s bombardment and sinking of a weapons supply ship of the pre-state underground militia Etzel was one of the most dramatic and heartrending affairs in Israel’s history and to this day splits the right and left.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday described the 1948 Altalena affair as “reckless decision-making and an unnecessary use of firepower.” He was referring to the Israel Defense Force’s bombardment...