The legality of Israel's actions
Moreover, the issue of legality is not important - at all. If international law prevents Israel from defending the lives of her citizens, she should have every right to violate such a law. Similarly, if any law prevents an individual from acting in self-defense, the law should rightfully be ignored. The issue that does matter is that the flotillas - sponsored by the IHH, a radical islamic organization with ties to terrorist groups - were headed toward Gaza which Israel had placed under an embargo due to valid security concerns. Israel is at war with Hamas - a terrorist group whose aim is the destruction of the Jewish state - and Hamas is in control of Gaza. Legal technicalities are just that - legal technicalities. Israel was right to act.
And while Michael calls the defenders of Israel "useful idiots", he better remember that his reaction to the incident is exactly what the "activists" set out to bring about.
And now that another ship, MV Rachel Corrie, is headed for Israel, the "humanitarians" on board better take note that their aid wouldn't reach Gaza anyway:
Israel has attempted to deliver humanitarian aid from an international flotilla to Gaza, but Hamas -- which controls the territory -- has refused to accept the cargo, the Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday.
Palestinian sources confirmed that trucks that arrived from Israel at the Rafah terminal at the Israel-Gaza border were barred from delivering the aid.