Gaza ship raid 'wasn't successful': Israeli ambassador

1st June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Israel's ambassador to Britain admitted Tuesday that a raid which killed nine passengers on a vessel heading to Gaza in a "freedom flotilla" was not a success.

"It's obvious, and I won't beat around the bush on this, that this wasn't successful," Ron Prosor told BBC radio, when asked if the raid had helped or hindered Israel.

"I think that it clearly took up an issue that should have been solved differently".

He later added on Sky News television: "Of course, what happened is a tragedy".

But Prosor also insisted there were "militant elements" on board the vessel who had brandished knives and metal pipes when faced by Israeli commandos.

He also highlighted that ships were being blocked because of weapons being smuggled into Gaza.

"They really tried to do everything in order to provoke and confront, and those militant elements branded something which was supposed to be a humanitarian issue way out of proportion," Prosor told the BBC.

He said that discussions were already starting in Jerusalemn about what had happened.

© 2010 AFP

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