The real problem that this situation has made clear is that Israel has become insensitive to its own predicament. Even if Israel had every right to board the ship and detain its occupants, Israel should have expected that boarding the ship would result in such a confrontation and the resulting international backlash. It was obvious from the outset that the organizers of the flotilla were only interested in a physical clash with the Israelis and that aid supplies were just the excuse. Quite a bit was known about the primary organizer, a Turkish Islamist charity with deep ties to Hamas and other groups whose rhetoric was quite inflammatory.
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