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Was the Israeli Raid the IDF's 'Finest Moment'?

Not really……

According to former member of the Israel Defense Forces ( IDF) Marine Assault Team Shayetet 13 ……..

Victor Ostrovsky spoke to the Washington Post and outlines some countra-views to the Israel company line on the raid……

He points out that raid was poorly planed tactically….

Landing Special Ops soldiers  at night directly on boast that could have had weapons on board….

Poorly researched…

And that the IDF had have had people infiltrated on board..reporting to the inbound troops…..

Interesting piece …from a man who ran the IDF teams in the past……

The Israeli commando attack on a civilian flotilla was “so stupid it is stupefying,” says former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky.

Ostrovsky spent six years in the Israeli navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander before Mossad recruited him in 1982. He quit after four years and in the 1990s he wrote two highly critical, first-person books about the intelligence service.

Monday’s raid on a seaborne civilian aid mission to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which left nine dead and about 75 wounded, was carried out by the Israeli navy’s commando unit, “Shayetet 13,” Ostrovsky said.

“It’s a fantastic unit. … It was not typical of Flotilla 13,” he said, using the English translation for Shayetet, which he called “one of the top units in the Israeli military.”

Members of the unit “have trained extensively for overtaking a ship,” he said. “However, their training was directed at overtaking a hijacked ship.”

Evidently the tactics weren’t adjusted for this mission.

“Mossad probably had more than one man on board” the ships, Ostrovsky said, secret agents who would have been giving Israeli mission planners an accurate picture of what was happening on the vessels.

Were their reports ignored?

“At this point,” says Jeffrey White, a former Middle East analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, “it is hard to say if this was a failure of collection, assessment or operational preparation.”

“My sense is that somewhere in the process from collection to conduct, the notion that this would be an action against moderate opposition became fixed ….”

“The mistakes were on every level,” said Ostrovsky, “from the order to forcefully board outside the territorial waters to the actual attack.”

Responsibility for the raid, which has provoked widespread condemnation and a diplomatic uproar, should be laid at the feet of “the shoot-from-the-hip prime minister,” Ostrovsky said — Binyamin Netanyahu, whom he blamed for two previous messy intelligence operations in Dubai and Jordan.


Meanwhile Israel has released almost all of the 700 people involved in the Gaza Relief Ship caper……

The whole Caper has been a HUGE POLITICAL  embarrassing screw-up…..On many different levels…..

The Israeli’s lost on this one……

With hundreds of activists already released from jails and en route to Ben Gurion International airport, Israel’s High Court of Justice heard a petition to reverse a cabinet decision to forgo criminal procedures against activists to allegedly attacked soldiers in clashes that left nine dead.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected criticism of a deadly raid against a flotilla carrying aid to Gaza earlier this week, saying the blockade of the Palestinian territory is needed to prevent missile attacks against Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Israel’s cabinet on Tuesday had debated pressing charges against activists for allegedly attacking Israeli commandos during the confrontation, but decided instead to send them home, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

The move to deport the activists was intended as a gesture to ease growing international isolation and a clash with Turkey over the violent incident, which Turkey said killed four Turkish nationals on the Turkish-owned ship Mavi Marama.

In a statement to the High Court, Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinshtein defended the expulsion by arguing “public, security and diplomatic interests prevail” over the need to pursue a criminal investigation.

Yukutiel Guzofky, an American-born law student who petitioned the court early Wednesday against the move, called the cabinet decision “outrageous.”

“Israel can’t say on the one hand say it has the right to use force to raid the boats, and then on the other hand release these people who they say have links to terrorist organizations,” he said.

Meanwhile, Israel continued to transfer the aid from the detained boats into the Gaza Strip, but alleged that Hamas was impeding the shipments, according the news website Ynet.


June 2, 2010 - Posted by | Aircraft, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , ,


  1. when will he be able to return home to his mom’s cookin


    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hopefully he can get traded……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. why are the trades so LOPSIDED??

    they always want like at least 100 prisoners for one Gilad

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. well for one thing…the Israeli’s don’t lose to many soliders……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 2, 2010 | Reply

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