The captain of the Dignity said the Israelis broadcast a radio message accusing the vessel of being involved in terrorist activity. But Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor denied that and said the radio message simply warned the vessel not to proceed to Gaza because it is a closed military area.
Palmor said there was no response to the radio message, and the vessel then tried to out-maneuver the Israeli patrol boat, leading to the collision.
So much for unbiased journalism. The arguments made on behalf of either side of the Gaza Conflict are always heated, often beyond reason. Which is why I was ultimately surprised by the following two diametrically opposed yet still mostly logical posts found at, of all places, The Huffington Post:
Without further ado:
Myths of Israeli Victimhood
Hamas Is Largely To Blame
Between the two, you can find the essence of all arguments boiled down into the relevant facts. The question remains, of course, on what to do next, but it's heartening to see some honest dialogue for a change.