The deadly raid which killed nine people on board a Gaza-bound Turkish aid boat was ‘proportionate and correct’, Israel’s Army Chief has said.
Speaking at the Israel’s inquiry into the botched assault, General Gabi Ashkenazi insisted Israeli commandos ‘exhibited calm, bravery and morality’.
Ashkenazi is the third high-level witness to go in front of the internal probe.
The UN has also set up its own separate inquiry into the incident. However, in what appears to be an attempt to avoid friction with Israel, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed it would not seek to determine individual criminal responsibility.’‘
Nine Turkish activists were killed after commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara in May. Israel says its soldiers only used live fire after being attacked.
But, the flotilla raid in international waters sparked a world outcry, severely damaging relations with once-close ally Turkey as well as forcing Israel to ease its blockade on Gaza.