GWEN IFILL: Was the ship in international waters?
MICHAEL OREN: It was.
GWEN IFILL: Is that -- was that breaking the law for the Israeli military to board the ship in international waters, what so many people at the U.N. were saying that today?
MICHAEL OREN: It is not.
Under international law, when there's a case of a military blockade against a hostile entity -- and we are talking about a hostile entity -- this is -- this is Hamas in Gaza, a country under Article 51 of the United Nations charter, the right to self-defense, has a right to defend itself self.
By the same articles of war, the United States blockaded Germany during World War II in the open seas. Israel was well within its international rights.