HOW BLOODY DARE HE
COMPARE PEACEFUL ACTIVISTS TO NAZIS?
PAINTBALL GUNS KILLED PEOPLE?
GIVE US A BLOODY BREAK!
In a totally fawning interview with Fox News, we see here Israeli Ambassador to America, Michael Oren described the operation, in which nine people died, as "perfectly legal, perfectly humane ~ and very responsible".
He defended the attack in open waters ~ "Israel acted in accord with international law. Any state has the right to protect itself, certainly from a terrorist threat such as Hamas, including on the open seas.
"The US acted under similar international law when it fought the Germans and the Japanese in World War Two."
His comments came as Israel began deporting hundreds of activists seized from the flotilla, including more than 120 activists from Muslim countries who were taken to the border with Jordan early this morning.
US President Barack Obama has spoken to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prime minister of Turkey, who had branded the attack a "bloody massacre", the White House said.
The President expressed "deep condolences" over the deaths on board the Turkish flagged ship that was part of the flotilla and said Washington was working with Israel on the release of impounded vessels and passengers.
One of the 42 British nationals on the flotilla was deported immediately but the remainder were being seen by British consulate staff.
The man deported, Hasan Nowarah, from Glasgow, flew home on Tuesday evening.
"All I could hear was screaming and bullets all over the place, over the Marmara, the Turkish ship," he told Sky News.
"All you could see was screaming and bullets. Out of the blue as I looked around our ship, all I could see were hundreds of Zodiacs.
"Hundreds of Zodiacs full of soldiers, and big ships, lots of ships, and I believe as well submarines in the sea."
Some British activists had been traveling without passports, and others had destroyed their papers, diplomats were told. There may be more British citizens among the many detainees who initially refused to identify themselves.Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, who is under intense pressure over the bungled raid both from countries around the world and at home, remained defiant last night.
He told a meeting of Israel's inner cabinet that he would not bow to pressure to lift the blockade on Gaza, which the activists were trying to break.
LIVE FIRE FROM THE HELICOPTERS
AS THE COMMANDOS DROPPED ONTO THE SHIP
~ NOT PAINTBALLS ~
AND NO WARNING AHEAD OF TIME..