The government is thankful to Shayetet 13 for its efforts in the IDF raid of the "Free Gaza" flotilla, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the commando unit said Wednesday.

"I have come on behalf of the Israeli government to thank you," he said.

Barak also noted that the elite unit had been placed in a very difficult situation during the Monday operation.


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"We are not in Western Europe: here there is no reward for the weak, there is no second chance for those who do not know how to defend themselves."

Accompanying the defense minister was IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, who came to review the procedures and the exact details of Monday's raid.

Barak: 'You did what you were supposed to do'

The defense minister went on to reiterate the government's position on the commando unit's action, telling them that they "did exactly what [they] were supposed to do."

Barak and Ashkenazi then discussed with the unit the exact time-line and procedures of the mission, from the moment they began compiling intelligence to the operation's execution.


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