The MV Rachel Corrie is a cargo ship named after an American anti-Israeli activist (photo right burning a mock U.S. flag) killed while trying to prevent Israeli bulldozers from operating in Gaza in 2003.

The Free Gaza movement operating the ship has announced that it will not stop if approached by Israeli ships, even though the Israelis offered to have the supplies transported by land to Gaza, setting up another confrontation at sea.

While it was rumored that Turkey would send a warship to escort the ship, creating the likelihood of a military clash, I have seen no confirmation of that.

Nonetheless, the increasing level of insult being hurled by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Israel indicates that further confrontations are coming. Having created the crisis, Erdogan is stoking it for political gain at home and abroad.

As we approach what may be another incident at sea, keep in mind with whom and with what the Israelis are dealing:

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Update: There is a claim that the first video above is doctored. When I heard it I understood it to be a compendium of voices, not a direct sequence of a single conversation; that may make it “doctored,” in the sense that any editing doctors the original, but it does not make it fake.

Update No. 2: As I suspected, the Israeli government is standing by the audio, and indicates “the audio was edited down to cut out periods of silence over the radio as well as incomprehensible comments so as to make it easier for people to listen to the exchange. We have now uploaded the entire segment of 5 minutes and 58 seconds in which the exchange took place and the comments were made.”

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