Shades of Galid Shalit , an internal IDF review of the takeover of the Gaza-bound ship, the Mavi Marmara, revealed that three soldiers were briefly kidnapped while aboard the vessel.  

Had additional IDF soldiers not again attempted to board the ship promptly, it would have probably turned around and these soldiers would have been transferred onto another ship and would have disappeared, “behind the lines”. 

See additional LAMESTREAM (New York Times) reporting.

  • (Galid Shalit is an Israeli soldier who was abducted 4 years ago by Palestinians in a cross-border incursion / a violent raid into Israel where 2 other soldiers were killed.  He is still held captive by Palestinian militants.)

The three captive soldiers were beaten when they boarded the ship, then, wounded and groggy, were dragged to a room within the ship and held there.  A short time later, after the IDF had seized the ship, fearing the missing men had been thrown overboard, dozens of their fellow soldiers began methodically searching the ship for them.  Only when the passengers saw that soldiers had successfully seized control of the Marmara, they released the three captives.

The captive soldiers, recovered from their initial disorientation, during their time below deck; once released, hurried to join their unit.  

IDF commanders reacted to the report with concern.  As similar ships continue to make their way to Gaza, there could be another situation in which a soldier is held captive, a not-unusual tactic, in order to give passengers a bargaining chip. 

Reuters has published an eyewitness account that confirms the IDF report.  Andre Abu Khalil, a Lebanese cameraman for the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera network, was aboard the Mavi Marmara as IDF soldiers boarded.  He told Reuters that four soldiers who were among the first aboard were injured and were taken below deck.

About josiahe

Watching closely, working to understand all I may, in this "Age of Information", even from my limited view, I can see much of what's going on ..... and I oft see it's going to impact all of us which is why I share it. My focus is to expose evil, and to serve my Lord and savior Jesus in whatever way He shows me. If one waits long enough, better writers will come along and comment; it's just that I have so little patience with the evil that lurks among us and I've wasted so much time and now, there is so little left! WELCOME!
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