BREAKING: Katyusha Launches on Sderot; IDF Speaks Out.
Virtual Jerusalem reports in English what was heard tonight on the News in Israel:
“IDF soldiers have spoken out about their experience when boarding the Flotilla ship.
The world media has skipped over the fact that Israel repeatedly told the Flotilla not to proceed with their plan of breaking the Gaza blockade. Israel offered the boat safe passage to Ashdod where they would be free to break apart their cargo under Israeli supervision, and then could take the humanitarian aid they promised into Gaza with no further problem.
Even at the last minute, before the Israeli forces boarded the boat, once more they asked the captain to change his route. Again, they refused.
One IDF soldier who was wounded and seen jumping from the ship on video recounts his story:
“When I landed on the ship, I passed terrorists, everyone had knives and weapons… I held my weapon up when a knife came at me and I shot one shot. Then there were about 20 people surrounding me on all sides, pushing me down and as soon as I hit the floor I felt a strong stabbing pain in my stomach. I saw it was a knife, I removed it and at one point we just went out and another fighter and I jumped into the water, and a third fighter who was hit on the head lost his consciousness and fell.”
What they found:
While some humanitarian aid was found dispersed around the ship, the IDF also found weapons, gas masks and night vision aids. The IDF stated that if they knew that there would be these kind of materials aboard the ship, the operation would have been conducted quite differently.
The Rachel Corrie, a flotilla that left Ireland and is already en route to Gaza, is believed to be a true humanitarian ship, but it is unclear now as to whether Israel will allow it to pass into port.”
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Meanwhile two Katyushka rockets are reported to have fallen in Sderot this evening with Hamas and Hizbollah promising that more are on their way.
Protests are being staged at intersections and in cities across Israel both in support and against Israel’s movements on the flotilla.
An emergency cabinet meeting held in Jerusalem tonight concluded with no clear decision as to whether or not Israel will allow Turkish planes to return the wounded to Turkey, or whether they will be tried in an Israeli court. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the meeting will reconvene tomorrow.