Israeli Army claims their troops were attacked by “peaceful” militants

This just came from the Army Spokesperson’s office:

IDF Forces Met with Pre-Planned Violence when attempting to Board Flotilla

Early this morning, IDF Naval Forces intercepted six ships attempting to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. This happened after numerous warnings from Israel and the Israel Navy that were issued prior to the action. The Israel Navy requested the ships to redirect toward Ashdod where they would be able to unload their aid material which would then be transferred over land after undergoing security inspections.

During the intercept of the ships, the demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally one of the weapons used was grabbed from an IDF soldier. The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose.

As a result of this life-threatening and violent activity, naval forces employed riot dispersal means, including live fire.

According to initial reports, these events resulted in over ten deaths among the demonstrators and numerous injured, in addition, more than four naval personnel were injured, some from gunfire and some from various other weapons. Two of the soldiers are moderately wounded and the remainder sustained light injuries. All of the injured, Israelis and foreigners are currently being evacuated by helicopter to hospitals in Israel.

Reports from IDF forces on the scene are that it seems as if part of the participants onboard the ships were planning to lynch the forces.

The events are ongoing, and information will be updated as soon as possible. Israeli Naval commander, Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom is overseeing the events.

In the coming hours, the ships will be directed to the Ashdod port, while IDF naval forces will perform security checks in order to identify the people on board the ships and their equipment. The IDF Spokesman conveys that this event is currently unfolding and further details will be provided as soon as possible.

This IDF naval operation was carried out under orders from the political leadership to halt the flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip and breaching the naval blockade.

The interception of the flotilla followed numerous warnings given to the organizers of the flotilla before leaving their ports as well as while sailing towards the Gaza Strip. In these warnings, it was made clear to the organizers that they could dock in the Ashdod sea port and unload the equipment they are carrying in order to deliver it to the Gaza Strip in an orderly manner, following the appropriate security checks. Upon expressing their unwillingness to cooperate and arrive at the port, it was decided to board the ships and lead them to Ashdod.

IDF naval personnel encountered severe violence, including use of weaponry prepared in advance in order to attack and to harm them. The forces operated in adherence with operational commands and took all necessary actions in order to avoid violence, but to no avail.

Additional information:

Rosner on the fog of conflict, now and then:

http://cgis.jpost.com/Blogs/rosner/entry/first_comments_on_the_gaza

Haaretz:

Ben Eliezer: regrets, but NB: after troops came under fire

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-mulls-cancelling-u-s-trip-in-wake-of-gaza-flotilla-deaths-1.293187?localLinksEnabled=false

Latest from JPost:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?ID=176970

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?ID=176963

YNet:
soldiers attacked with live ammunition

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3896500,00.html

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3896431,00.html

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3896416,00.html

16 Responses to Israeli Army claims their troops were attacked by “peaceful” militants

  1. sshender says:

    According to initial reports, these events resulted in over ten deaths among the demonstrators

    First of all I’m shocked that it resulted in deaths. I had more of a Neve Dkalim scenario in mind with Israeli soldiers tearing people off of a human chain one by one. But honestly, good riddance. To use Nasrallah’s analogy, these boats presented a golden opportunity to get rid of a large bunch of lowlives without having to go after them around the world.

    Oh, and I guess we’ll be seeing much of that Hanin Zuabi bitch on TV in the near future.

  2. sshender says:

    And how long until the detention center set up in Ashdod will conjure up WWII concentration camps in the twisted minds of some “activists” and “Journalists”, who will then go on to lament how the Jews are capable of repeating unto others what was done to them in Eruope. Mark my words.

  3. sshender says:

    Oh well, at least they did not blow themselves up when our special forces boarded the vessels. Although, I would hardly object of them doing it in the open sees, as an act of solidarity with the Palestinians.

  4. sshender says:

    Oh, and just watch how in the next 48 hours, and possibly much longer, the media will regurgitate the story like rabid dogs and vultures minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day.

  5. obsy says:

    I guess when they say “peaceful”, they don’t talk about their means, but about their aim: peace.
    After they have succeeded with their dirty work, everything will be peaceful under a Palestinian leadership…

    This also explains why some people believe that the Iranian nuclear program is “peaceful”.

    • David says:

      , state terrorism is vaslty more destructive than anti-state, individual or small group terrorism. Always has been, always will be. As so it follows, and simple maths and cameras do their thang to confirm my easily verifiable assertion: the terrorism of modern state power of a regime like Israel courtesy of its bottomless supply of US high technology weaponry, exceeds qualitatively by many orders of magnitude the political violence relied upon by (pre-modern, was it?) groups like Hamas. How is Israel being backed into a corner and responding with military might against terrorist provocation, state terrorism or, indeed, any kind of terrorism?You might not like the accepted definitions, but let’s not allow that to lead you to engage in flights of fantasy! Some free advice for all you cyber warriors. No thanks.

  6. obsy says:

    Congratulations to Erdogan and the “Free Gaza” Terrorists!

    They were successful:

    The European Union called for an enquiry into the deaths aboard the aid ships and demanded Israel allow the free flow of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

    “On behalf of the European Union (High Representative Catherine Ashton) demands a full enquiry about the circumstances in which this happened…she calls for an immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of the crossing for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons to and from Gaza,” it said.

    The United Nations and Western powers have urged Israel to ease its restrictions on Gaza to prevent a humanitarian crisis. They have been urging Israel to let in concrete and steel to allow for postwar reconstruction.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64T21820100531

    These demands are unrelated to the incident.
    They have pulled of their publicity stunt!

    Gandhi was yesterday. Todays “peaceful” resistance is violent and successful.

    We should keep in mind that at least some “Free Gaza” Terrorists knew what would happen and that they have an advantage interpreting the results in the media, because they planned for them. They knew that they would not win against the IDF.

  7. obsy says:

    Since Erdogan is involved, we should have one eye at domestic politics in Turkey. Though the timing probably is due to the Netanyahu-Obama meeting.

  8. incognito says:

    I reiterate: no matter what Israel does, there will be things to use to demonize and delegitimize it. So she might as well take action to defend its interests. If she does not there will be an avalanche of this stuff to the point of stifle its life out of it.

    I think intelligence errors were made — there has been a deterioration in quality of the military for a long time — but letting the flotilla thru was not an option.

    We’re talking existential issues here and yielding can be lethal.

  9. Michelle Schatzman says:

    Reposting my (somewhat updated) #34 post re. “The flotilla of fools tilts…”

    Listening this morning to the radio news on France-Culture (the intellectual arm of french state radio). No one mentions the little chanson mentioned by Eliyahu in his #23 re. “The flotilla of fools…” Of course – it would probably spoil the virtuous indignation to be developed against the bad Israelis.

    If I had been in charge of the operation, would I have done better? I’m just waiting for the videos that the Israel navy should have shot. If they had helicopters, did they have also video equipment on board? And people dedicated to the task of shooting pictures? We already heard witnesses explaining that the commandos fired their weapons even before being on board. We also learn that the militants on board were at the ready with knives and axes. Didn’t the navy know this? There were journalists on the navy ships. I am also waiting for their pics.

    But nobody seems to point out in the french news that if the people who sailed on this flotilla were pacifists, they should not have resisted the attack. Elementary logic seems to be gone.

  10. E.G. says:

    Turkish TV. At about 1 hour on, there’s footage of the “peaceful militants” being boarded.

    http://www.livestream.com/insaniyardim/video?clipId=pla_445245cd-e246-496e-a579-f8da45014981

    There are (I’ll try to find them again) a few images of people on the boat clearly holding clubs (or are these axes held by the blades?)

  11. incognito says:

    Elementary logic seems to be gone.

    A long time ago and the very reason Israel cannot allow itself to not defend itself, because the current kind of “logic” leads directly to perdition.

    It does look as some military failure, though, which would not surprise me given today’s Zahal. Stealing pistols from COMMANDOS???????? If it happened it’s really scary.

  12. incognito says:

    Since Erdogan is involved, we should have one eye at domestic politics in Turkey.

    That’s gonna be pretty predictable.

  13. incognito says:

    Israel braces for Turkish, Hizballah, Hamas reprisals. Greece halts joint drill
    DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2010, 1:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

    Tags: Israel-Greece Pro-Hamas flotilla Turkey
    Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Ilker Basburg

    debkafile’s military sources report Israeli concerns that Turkey may not confine itself to strong diplomatic retaliation for the Israel Navy’s seizure Monday, May 31, of the Marmora, the Turkish vessel leading the flotilla for breaking the Gaza blockade and resort to military action along with the Iranian-backed Hizballah and Hamas. A statement from Ankara threatened “unprecedented and incalculable” reprisals, following which the Turkish chief of staff Gen. Ilker Basbug was recalled urgently to Ankara from a visit to Egypt. Greece has since halted its joint exercise with Israel in protest against the naval action.
    debkafile reports from Ankara that the Turkish government is planning to continue pounding the Israeli blockade with more flotillas and have them escorted by Turkish warships and fighter jets. Israel merchant vessels moored outside Ashdod port have been instructed to sail into port and take shelter in case of missile attacks from the Gaza Strip against Ashdod and Ashkelon.
    Monday morning, Israeli warplanes headed west over the Mediterranean in support of the still ongoing Israeli commando operation aboard the Turkish Marmora, the scene of violent clashes between Israeli troops and the 600 “peace activists,” some of them armed. Ankara later reported 15 dead aboard the vessel.
    Israeli army spokesman, Col. Avi Beneyahu, called the incident “an act of terror on the high seas.” Far from being a humanitarian mission, the flotilla was sponsored personally by Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza and permit arms supplies and terrorist to reach the Strip unrestricted. It aimed at provoking a widely publicized international incident with fatalities and showing Israel using strong-arm tactics against unarmed peace-lovers.

    Its leaders and the nations involved therefore refused to heed warnings that the vessels would be prevented from entering Gaza Port and rejected Israeli offers to ferry their aid cargo overland to the Gaza Strip. Population within missile range of Gaza advised to take shelter in secured areas.
    An estimated 14 activists were killed battling with Israeli troops, and dozens injured. Ten Israeli soldiers were wounded. They were all ferried to Israeli hospitals by helicopter.

    The pro-Hamas passengers were described as mobbing the Israeli commandos as they were dropped onto the Marmara’s deck, using knives and iron bars to beat them and shooting with a sidearm snatched from a soldier and at least two other pistols recovered empty from two of the bodies.

    Israeli security forces are preparing for the Lebanese Hizballah and Palestinian Hamas to go back to shooting missiles and rockets against Israeli towns, in support of the seaborne attack on Israeli commandos. The police are also on special alert in and around Israeli Arab communities, after Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyah called them out on a general strike, and the Holy Places, especially in Jerusalem.

    Egypt will face pressure to end its joint embargo on Gaza with Israel at the Arab League Council meeting urgently Tuesday, June 1. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas demanded the session.
    Demonstrations against Israel were staged in Syrian and Lebanese towns. Jordan hands stiff complaint to head of Israeli diplomatic mission in Amman.

  14. obsy says:

    Interesting:

    A reliable poll shows a dramatic shift in Turkish public opinion. The Sonar company survey shows the left-secular Republican People’s Party (CHP, to use its Turkish initials) narrowly coming in first in elections. The party would get 33 percent compared to 31 percent for the ruling AKP Islamist party.

    http://rubinreports.blogspot.com/2010/05/more-hope-from-turkey.html

  15. andrew says:

    From Italy, the nice official comment that the whole
    ”humanitarian” operation was just provocation.
    Strangely enough, the French UMP’s (the political party
    from which Sarkozy orginated) communique starts with
    lamenting the number of dead AND recognizing the
    provocation too. Comments of a more expected kind
    (not the worst) from Sarkozy and from his minister of
    Foreign Affairs (Kouchner) while, of course, the Socialist party is vehement.

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