By Gil Ronen,

Lt. Gen Ashkenazi
After taking responsibility for the problematic nature of the May 31 IDF naval raid on the “Free Gaza” flotilla, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said Wednesday, August 11 that the next enemy flotillas will be met differently.

“We know that the next flotillas that will try to break through our borders and the weapons ships that will try to arm the terror organizations will be blocked by the naval defensive shield of the State of Israel, of the Navy,” Ashkenazi said at a graduation ceremony of the Navy’s Ship Captain Course, at a naval base in Haifa.

“In these times, when the sea and shores of the Middle East are even more stormy than in times of routine, we all look at the de-legitimization campaign that our enemies are conducting against the State of Israel, including the next flotillas,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Ashkenazi testified before the Turkel Committee appointed to probe the raid, and acknowledged there were problems with the IDF’s intelligence on the nature of the flotilla, and in the way the raid was carried out.

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