[quote=The Guardian]Serious mistakes in intelligence and planning led to Israel’s disastrous assault on a flotilla of ships attempting to break the blockade of Gaza in which nine activists were killed, the first official investigation concluded today.
A report of the investigation delivered to the Israeli military’s chief of staff, Lt Gen Gabi Ashkenazi, said that although the military had underestimated the potential for violence in the operation, interception of the flotilla was the only option open to prevent it reaching Gaza.
The report said soldiers were instructed not to use weapons unless there was an immediate threat to their lives.
A senior source close to the inquiry said there was a “high probability” that the first shot was fired by an activist on the Mavi Marmara, and that bullets and casings were found that did not come from Israeli weapons, evidence that weapons were already on board the ship.
“There were at least four, maybe six, events in which soldiers were fired on by people on the ship, using live ammunition,” he said. The “real immediate danger” to the lives of navy commandos justified the use of live ammunition in return, he said.