Argument: Israeli flotilla raid was act of self-defense
Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser said following the meeting that the cabinet "determined that restricting the entry of ships to Gaza, which is controlled by the Hamas terror organization, is a clear act of self-defense against the ongoing Hamas attacks on Israeli citizens and communities. This was the aim of the IDF operation against the violent provocation in high seas.
Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the US, told Fox News in June of 2010 that the flotilla raid was "perfectly legal, perfectly humane. Israel acted in accord with international law.... Any state has the right to protect itself, certainly from a terrorist threat such as Hamas, including on the open seas."