The Jerusalem Post is reporting on an interview with one of the Israeli soldiers who rappelled onto the Marmara.
The 15th and last naval commando from Flotilla 13 (the Shayetet) to rappel down onto the ship from the helicopter, S. said on Thursday that he was immediately attacked by what the IDF has called “the mob of mercenaries” aboard the vessel, just like the soldiers who had boarded just before him.
Looking to his side, he saw three of his commanders lying wounded – one with a gunshot wound to the stomach and another with a gunshot wound to the knee. A third was lying unconscious; his skull was fractured by a devastating blow with a metal bar.
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Analysis. I seriously doubt that this interview will get the attention it deserves outside of Israel. That would be counter to the story line that the Israeli soldiers shot poor, defenseless humanitarian workers. Bovine excrement. This boat was a setup from the word go. The next one will be too.
Anybody who expects that the Rachel Corrie will not be filled with terrorists is deluding themselves. Yes, there will be humanitarian workers. There must be sheep to hide the wolves. If the Rachel Corrie had gone directly to Gaza from its last port, I would be inclined to accept that it might be at least a quasi-legitimate carrier of relief supplies. Now that it is going to a Turkish port, all bets are off.
There is no good way out of this for Israel and that is the idea. If they let the ship in without at least searching it, the arms flood gates are open. Then Israel is faced with rocket barrages from both ends. This is their short range nightmare. Israel has always fought its enemies one at a time. Defeat the most dangerous enemy first while holding the others off then go to the next one. The most dangerous enemy has always been Egypt.
If there is an incident aboard the Rachel Currie, and there will be, Erdogan will have little choice but to react. He has staked his reputation on breaking the Gaza blockade. The Turkish population is incensed as evidenced by articles in Hurriyet detailing the funeral for the deceased terrorists. Convincing Turkey to go to war against Israel may not be a difficult task. Turkey will be the most formidable enemy Israel has ever faced.
It is highly doubtful that Turkey will be the only enemy. I am reasonably sure that Iran has a finger in this pie. The evidence is the attempted Turkey-Brazil-Iran nuclear materials deal. In which case we can presume that Syria and Hezbollah will play. Iran could play but only with missiles.
What will Egypt and Jordan do? Jordan will do its best to stay out of the war as they did the Yom Kippur War in 1973. They may even fight the Syrians if they attempt to use Jordanian territory to try and outflank the Golan. Besides, King Abdullah II has been looking for an excuse to separate Bashar Assad from his head for several years now. Something about a sarin gas attack on Amman the night of the new Millennium.
Egypt is another question, I saw a story that indicated that the Egyptians had just completed an exercise that included an assault crossing of the Suez canal. I do not remember the source so I will put that in the category of rumor only. We should remember that Egypt is also blockading the Gaza. They know full well that Hamas, as part of the Muslim Brotherhood, would just as soon destroy the current government of Egypt as that of Israel.
If Turkey goes to war against Israel, what does NATO do if Turkey invokes Article Five of the NATO Treaty: an attack against one is an attack against all? That is only the first of many question that people had better start asking and hopefully finding answers to.