The IDF, under the command of Ehud Barak, demonstrated that it could do more than merely bully Jews and destroy their homes. The much ballyhooed “convoy to Gaza”, sailing under the Turkish flag, was boarded and seized at about midnight, 31 May 2010, Israel Summer Time.
The IDF action was supposed to fulfill its vow that the sovereign waters of the State of Israel would not be violated. The boats were instructed to proceed to the port of Ashdod, where relief for Gaza, if there was any, would be transferred overland. The boats ignored the instructions and when IDF soldiers boarded the ships, terrorists on the boat attacked them, wounding some soldiers. The terrorists were shot at and subdued finally with gas grenades. Two of the terrorists were killed according to al-Jazeera. Initially, this report had been ten terrorists killed.
In the aftermath of a successful boarding of what were essentially enemy ships violating the sovereign waters of the State of Israel, the Israeli government has managed to demonstrate its inability to make propaganda points when needed. Stories in Ynetnews here, as well as here and here are all illustrative of this. The Israeli government will be skewered in the media over its unwillingness to call a spade a spade and over its fear of non-Jews.
Its failure to condemn the interference of foreign powers in the sovereign affairs of this country, and warn them of the dangerous results to follow, drags the reputation of the country lower and lower in the eyes even of those who support Israel.