1. Israel is a sovereign nation. As such, they have the right to determine how and when any maritime vessel may dock on her shores. Can I sail the Mayflower into Mersin and do whatever I please? Hardly. In fact, Turkey has very stringent rules regarding their ports. These are but a few:
"Vessels calling Turkish ports have to obtain free practique than custom clearance to commence any operation. Nobody may join to leave the ship before this inspection is completed." (sic)
"Master has to submit the following documents to the clearance party: 8 copies of crew and passenger list, 2 copies of provisions, stores and bunkers, manifest covering all cargoes..." (sic)
"All foreign ships are required to fly Turkish flag..." (sic)
"The following ship certificates to be present to the harbor master for inspection, to obtain outward clearance: tonnage certificate, safety equipment certificate... international load line, class certificate... ship's registry certificate... international safety management certificate..." (sic)
2. The "humanitarians" were flouting not only Israel's laws, but also those of international binding. The San Remo Manual On International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, 12 June 1994 is abundantly clear:
Part IV, Section II, Medical Transports, 170: "Hospital ships may be equipped with purely deflective means of of defence, such as chaff and flares. The presence of such equipment should be notified."
3. It was not a "raid", as so many news outlets shamefully persist in referring to it. The radical Muslims declined to divert to the port of Ashdod, where their cargo would be inspected under their supervision, then sent to Gaza. With clear intent to run the blockade, the vessels were then rightfully interdicted. Not by torpedoes or cruise missiles, mind you, but via boarding. Not to harm, but to inspect. And how were the Israelis received? With knives, flash grenades, chains, slingshots, Molotov cocktails, iron bars and who knows what else. They were fired upon. They were beaten, lynched, stabbed and thrown overboard. Just take a look at all the "medical supplies".
Furthermore, it has now come to light that much of the actual medical supplies were expired, outdated and useless. What was Israel's next move? Separate the supplies from the weapons and deliver them to Gaza. That just says it all. If the faux "freedom flotilla" had simply done what the law requires - and if they had genuinely wanted to aid the people of Gaza, rather than taking part in such an incendiary stunt - Israel would not have had to endure this latest spate of propaganda.
In what has to be one of the most telling clues of their true intentions, they expected martyrdom. They chanted, "Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews! The army of Muhammad will return!" This is an all-too-pointed reference to the Battle of Khaybar, in which Muhammad and his merry followers used subterfuge to attack peaceful Jews, slaughter them, impose their despicable jizya and finally remove them from the area altogether. Forget the passage of 1,382 years since then - their sentiments remain precisely the same:
We will tolerate you, Israel, for a small fee. Then we will destroy you.