Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented Tuesday on the Ynet report showing members of a Turkish delegation to Gaza side by side with armed Islamic Jihad militants, saying the images "reveal the true nature of the IHH."
Netanyahu spoke during a visit at the Naval Commando base in the northern Israeli city of Atlit. He was accompanied by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and Navy Commander Admiral Eliezer Marom.
The prime minister met with some of the commandos who took past in May's raid of the Gaza flotilla, Netanyahu commended the soldiers on their actions, which he called "vital, legal and utterly important.
"You acted under extreme conditions, before people armed with knives, clubs, chainsaws and weapons. I don't there any other naval force in the world could have come up with a better way to handle the situation – that is why you have my support."
Gaza, he added, has become an Iranian terror hub, which the Israeli government is determined to stop from arming, by all means necessary, including a maritime blockade.
Clarification: Following the publication of pictures showing members of a Turkish delegation side by side with armed Islamic Jihad militants - which were first published on the Islamic Jihad website, the IHH organization addressed us and clarified that "there is no connection between the IHH and the Islamic Jihad, and any claim about such connection causes damage to the IHH."
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