Top Israeli Navy Officers Slam Government for Blaming ActivistsSubmitted by Liberty_Belle on Tue, 06/08/2010 - 16:41
* A few stories you will not see widely reported in the US media ( if at all). The Israeli public relations machine knows that if the views and voices of Jews who disagree with its policies were to become public it would be impossible to maintain the lie that any criticism of Israel is by definition anti-semitic.
A group of top Israel Navy reserves officers on Sunday publicly called on Israel to allow an external probe into its commando raid of a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla last week, which left nine people dead and several more wounded.
In a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, the Navy officers denounced the commando raid as having "ended in tragedy both at the military and diplomatic levels."
"We disagree with the widespread claims that this was the result of an intelligence rift," said the officers. "In addition, we do not accept claims that this was a 'public relations failure' and we think that the plan was doomed to failure from the beginning."
"First and foremost, we protest the fact that responsibility for the tragic results was immediately thrust onto the organizers of the flotilla," wrote the officers. "This demonstrates contempt for the responsibility that belongs principally to the hierarchy of commanders and those who approved the mission. This shows contempt for the values of professionalism, the purity of weapons and for human lives."
In Tel Aviv more than 6,000 Israelis gathered to protest the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship.
The demonstrators carried banners saying "The government is drowning us all," "We must stride for peace," and "A right wing government = clear and immediate danger to state security."
Autopsy Report~ 5 of 9 aid ship victims shot in the back and/or back of the head.
UPDATED TO INCLUDE TEH FOLLOWING ARTICLES:
The Lost Tribe Are Israel’s battles costing the country its soul? An article written by an IDF reserve officer
European Jewish Group to Launch Flotilla to Break Gaza Blockade