Indeed, this time, Israel is confident that it has evidence such as video footage that will back up its narrative that soldiers were attacked by weapon-wielding activists. Activists from the ship argue that they were provoked by Israeli naval commandos descending on ropes from a helicopter.
"This was a pinpoint incident that you have data material, before and after,'' says an Israeli official. "There's a sense in the air that if you investigate what happened on that ship its going to bear out Israel's version.''
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday condemned Israel's raid on the flotilla and approved a resolution brought forward by Pakistan, Sudan, and the Palestinian delegation that called for an investigation. Israel and others say the legitimacy of the rights council is compromised by the presence of countries like Sudan, whose president has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. They say the council's call for an investigation is political.
But demands for an international investigation have come from many corners, not just the council. Reflecting Israel's indignant response to such calls, which have placed no emphasis on Hamas's compliance with international law, Israeli Prime Minister Benjmain Netanyahu on Wednesday night said that the Jewish state faced an "international attack of hypocrisy.''