Coming Clean

Israeli Report Admits Flotilla 'Mistakes'

Straight from the desk of Captain Obvious: The Israeli military’s report on the botched flotilla raid that killed nine Turkish activists on May 31 admits “mistakes”—mainly in planning and intelligence. However, the report defends the decision to dispatch commandoes to the boat, saying the only other options would have endangered the entire vessel. Specifically, the report said that the navy did not consider the possibility of a violent confrontation on board the boat, and that it did not consult enough with Mossad beforehand. It also said that the commandoes who carried out the raid should be “praised” for their operation.