By Steve Hynd
The IDF would have it that the commandos who abseilled onto the Gaza Flotilla were at first armed only with paintball guns filled with capiscum rounds. It's a story that's got a lot of mileage with pro-Israel media, blogs and the IDF, but does it hold up?
The evidence seems to come from the IDF's own videos of the assault. Here's a still given to me by my friend Chris Albon as we discussed this on Twitter:
However, footage shot by the UK's Sky News (owned by Rupert Murdoch) clearly shows Israeli commandos abseilling to the decks with very different weapons.
Those look rather more like members of the Galil family: most likely the Galil MAR 5.56mm, an assault carbine developed for the IDF's special forces.
So, what do you think?