Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Footage of Live Fire on the Mavi Marmara - IDF Press Office
I'm not sure this video helps the Israeli government, despite being hasbara from the IDF Press Office. The video indicates that the commandos were not expecting live fire, and may have become frantic (it's unclear if the soldier in the video is yelling out of fear, yelling to be heard, or a combination of both). The video also doesn't show who is doing the firing. It's possible that a soldier believed the firing was coming from activists rather than soldiers and a mis-communication occurred.
This is more evidence that the commandos were inserted into a dangerous situation without the proper planning by the government and the upper echelons of the IDF. But also a stark reminder of the confusion of a violent military confrontation.
And hopefully videos from those aboard the ship will be made public as well so a complete picture can be made available.