In its attempt at psy-ops, the Turkish side initially claimed the names were leaked to flotilla organizers by Israeli soldiers who “regretted” the raid. It later emerged that many names “were recycled from previous lists, [and] belong to soldiers who already completed military service” at the time of the 2010 raid, including “a Golani maintenance officer, a Paratroopers’ company command and an Artillery battery commander.” The names were “from previous lists that were published on anti-Israeli websites following Operation Cast Lead.”
Way to go, CSI Ankara. “Turkey seeks Israeli arrests over flotilla raid,” from Reuters, October 13:
A Turkish prosecutor is seeking the arrest of 174 Israelis allegedly involved in the naval commando raid that killed nine Turks on a ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip last year, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Wednesday.
Ties between the two regional powers have deteriorated sharply since IDF naval commandos raided the Mavi Marmara in May 2010.