Flawed intelligence-gathering and planning led to Israel's botched and deadly raid on a Gaza-bound protest flotilla, with security forces underestimating the potential for violence, said the official report released Monday.http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-07-12-israel-flotilla-commando-report_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip
The report, however, praised the commandos who took part in the operation, saying they were justified in opening fire and killing nine after being confronted by violent pro-Palestinian activists on board one of the ships.
The report concluded that intelligence-gathering was deficient and that various intelligence units did not communicate properly with each other. It criticized the operation's planners for not having a backup plan in the event of violence.
Once more, this demonstrates why Israel is America's most appropriate Middle East ally. Not our perfect ally, but our most appropriate ally.