The loss of life is, of course, regrettable.
The flotilla stated its intention of running a military blockade, illegally entering a closed military zone and refused to change course.
International law does not require Israel to wait until the boat enters its territorial waters before it can respond.
So all those making an issue that this happened in "international waters" are blathering needlessly - but par for the course.
Note further that Israel said it would allow the aid to go through normal channels, inviting the flotilla to dock at the port in Ashdod. The "relief workers" refused exposing that their objective wasn't to deliver "aid" to Gaza but to make a political scene. (Some have claimed they don't trust Israel to deliver the supplies. Even ignoring this nonsense - Israel channels more humanitarian aid to Gaza than has been sent to Haiti, which has 6x the population - they could have sent the aid via Egypt, too)
As AussieBody pointed out:http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/html/hamas_e108.htm
|| At 13:30 hours on Sunday, May 30, IHH head Bülent Yildirim was interviewed on board the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara. He was holding a small child at the time. He said that children had been brought aboard the ships as another means of preventing Israel from attacking. In our assessment, the children will be exploited for propaganda and to deter Israeli security forces from attacking the activist passengers.
Ah, the familiar use of children as human shields, only to then cynically fault others if these children are harmed.
Where is the love...?
|| He also said that while their resistance would be nonviolent, they would not allow Israeli soldiers to board the ships.... The flotilla’s organizers said they wanted the confrontation to take place during the day so that the media could document it for global distribution
So again we see that they were more interested in a confrontation and initiating a wave of propaganda than in delivering "aid" to Gaza.
This underscores that they themselves know that Gaza isn't really in need of the "aid" and thus the delivery itself wasn't the priority so much as starting the propaganda wave that people like ZbmwM5 and others are now - shamefully - riding.
The people aboard these ships were not "peace activists", "relief workers" or "humanitarians". They are ruthless thugs only interested in their political anti-Israel agenda. They hate Israel/Jews more than they love or care for the Palestinian Arabs - who, like the children involved, they cynically use.