yedidyak wrote:And Turkey have decided they dont like the report an have expelled the Israeli ambassador. This won't end well.
Man, you have rose tinted glasses thicker than coke bottles.
That coming from you is truly priceless. Your ability to completely ignore any evidence or argument that might even begin to speculate about the merest possibility of cautiously suggesting that not every single one of your opinions is universal and everlasting truth has always amazed me. I've always wondered if it's staggering self-deception or very cynical manipulation. I still haven't decided.
In casu, the report said this:
The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.
It also said this:
the flotilla acted recklessly in attempting to breach the naval blockade. The majority of the flotilla participants had no violent intentions, but there exist serious questions about the conduct, true nature and objectives of the flotilla organizers, particularly IHH. The actions of the flotilla needlessly carried the potential for escalation.
Where it should be pointed out that in diplomatic language 'serious questions' means "They are certainly guilty, but we can't conclusively proof it". The report goes on:
Israeli Defense Forces personnel faced significant, organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers when they boarded the Mavi Marmara requiring them to use force for their own protection.
How you manage to translate that into something like "Israel randomly kills Turkish citizens" is beyond me.
The report is very clear that Israel should have given more prior warning, that they used excessive force and that they weren't very civilized afterwards. But the report is also very clear that this entire incident was staged by groups aboard the flotilla, most likely the organizers themselves, that the blockade was legal and they unlawfully resisted and forced Israel to use force.
Excessive force is never acceptable. But Israel has already taken responsibility for that. The same can not be said for Turkey, or the groups that staged the entire debacle. Should Israel do even more to make amends, punish the people responsible and make sure it doesn't happen again. Absolutely. And you can call them out on that. But there's plenty of blame to go around and the majority in this incident certainly does not lie with Israel. So only calling out Israel is very hypocritical.