There was no need to endanger Israeli troops.
How could Ehud Barak not see the looming disaster? Stopping a large Gaza-bound ship could have been carried out below the waterline, or by an assault on the bridge, using smoke bombs and tear gas to take control. Dropping individual soldiers into a mob of hostile people lacks reason.
The confrontation could have been handled with moach (brains) rather than koach (brawn). But that's not Barak's way: his history of misusing power and his lack of leadership goes back to the Yom Kippur War, at the least.
[a very long list of Ehud Barak's failures as a leader, both in the military and political worlds, over the past three decades]
Barak's defeatism and arrogance, his political agenda, and his poor military judgment are simply not in Israel's interests. PM Netanyahu may need the Labor Party for his coalition, but why does it have to include Ehud Barak? (Barak is the current Defense Minister of Israel)
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