The Israeli commandos were armed with paintball guns and pistols, they were under strict orders to not resort to their handguns unless they were in danger of their lives.
"Navy commandoes slid down to the vessel one by one, yet
then the unexpected occurred: The passengers that awaited
them on the deck pulled out bats, clubs, and slingshots
with glass marbles, assaulting each soldier as he disembarked.
The fighters were nabbed one by one and were beaten up badly,
yet they attempted to fight back.
However, to their misfortune, they were only equipped
with paintball rifles used to disperse minor protests,
such as the ones held in Bilin. The paintballs obviously
made no impression on the activists, who kept on beating
the troops up and even attempted to wrest away their weapons.
One soldier who came to the aid of a comrade was captured
by the rioters and sustained severe blows. The commandoes
were equipped with handguns but were told they should
only use them in the face of life-threatening situations.
When they came down from the chopper, they kept on shouting
to each other Ã¢??donÃ¢??t shoot, donÃ¢??t shoot,Ã¢?? even though
they sustained numerous blows."
It was only after the “aid workers” got several of their handguns from the commandos (and shot several of the commandos) and another brought up a rifle and the commandos were being stabbed by the “aid workers” and one commando was thrown 30 feet to a lower deck and lost consciousness that the ok was finally given to use their pistols to defend themselves.
Facts trump sensationalism every time . . .
There was no question that the vessels would going to enter Israeli waters in violation of Israeli Law. Same way that any nations navy attempts to intercept a direct threat outside its own waters.