Ex-Israeli intel chief: Mavi Marmara was a great mistake

Former Israeli Intelligence Chief Yadlin said: "What happened in Mavi Marmara was a great mistake"

Ex-Israeli intel chief: Mavi Marmara was a great mistake

World Bulletin / News Desk

Retired Israeli general Amos Yadlin, chief of Israel’s military intelligence during a time when a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid and activists on board was attacked by Israeli Special Forces in international waters of the Mediterranean, said “What happened in Mavi Marmara was a big mistake.” Amos Yadlin has told AA that both sides made mistakes and he wished nothing like that happened.

When asked whether he would act similarly today, Yadlin said what happened in Mavi Marmara was a great mistake and with the experience, nothing like what happened in the past would occur today.

On May 30, 2010, Israeli special forces had attacked a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid and activists to Gaza in a bid to penetrate an embargo imposed by Israeli state on Gaza in the international waters of the Mediterranean, killing 8 Turkish and 1 US citizens on board.

A court case against the Israeli officials who authorized and ordered the attack continues at Istanbul 7th High Criminal Court.

"Egyptian Arab Spring takes its right course now"

Yadlin has said the Arab Spring in Egypt "has taken its right course now" referring to the military coup against Egypt's first democratically elected President Morsi.

Reminding that it was the pro-freedom youth who gathered in Tahrir Square against Mubarek, Yadlin said,

"Then Morsi seized the power. Arab Spring has taken a form of anti-Israel sentiment in everywhere. The following incidents after the first revolution in Egypt were not a spring for Israel. Morsi did not invite Israel to Cairo even once after he came to power. He did not give warm messages to Israel. Egyptian Arab Spring takes its right course now. But, yes, it is achieved through the military coup."

Yadlin, stating that he believed that Israel was always deterrent against its enemies, said there would not be peace with Palestine as long as Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran kept their effect on the peace negotiations.

Amos Yadlin, a fighter jet pilot during Yom Kippur War also took part in a controversial strike on Osirak Nuclear Reactor in Iraq in 1981. Yadlin retired from active duty when he was a major general in 2010.

Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2013, 14:17
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