Motes and Beams and all that
First, let's take a look at the video of the IDF boarding the ship:
Those "peace activists" started their peace negotiations when this guy was still on the rope on the way down. They also tried to show him how nice the water was this time of year. They picked a fight and lost. Simple.
But they were in international waters! Maybe but that's does not mean they're in some sort of "safe zone" or something. It means that international maritime law applies not national law. To wit:
67. Merchant vessels flying the flag of neutral States may not be attacked unless they:
(a) are believed on reasonable grounds to be carrying contraband or breaching a blockade, and after prior warning they intentionally and clearly refuse to stop, or intentionally and clearly resist visit, search or capture;
(b) engage in belligerent acts on behalf of the enemy;
(c) act as auxiliaries to the enemy s armed forces;
(d) are incorporated into or assist the enemy s intelligence system;
(e) sail under convoy of enemy warships or military aircraft; or
(f) otherwise make an effective contribution to the enemy s military action, e.g., by carrying military materials, and it is not feasible for the attacking forces to first place passengers and crew in a place of safety. Unless circumstances do not permit, they are to be given a warning, so that they can re-route, off-load, or take other precautions.
Game. Set. Match. They were blockade runners and said so. They were organized by the Insani Yardim Vakfi which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and their offices have previously been raided by Turkish authorities when members began buying automatic weapons from other jihadist groups. Israel, being sane, wanted to dock the boats, examine the cargo and move it overland to Gaza. IHH, naturally, found this totally unacceptable. How else would they be able to smuggle in their weapons? This was lose/lose for Israel and win/win for IHH. If the Israelis let them in and they don't have weapons, it's a win because they tamed the tiger. If Israel blocks them and no weapons, Israel looks callous and unfeeling. If Israel blocks them and finds weapons they'll cry foul and say they were planted by the
Michael Coren gives us some perspective on Turkey's moral posturing: