There is no arguing that upon government formation, foreign affairs were the most precious sacrifice accepted by the labour party. In fact the negotiations and compromises agreed upon at that time could go down in history as one of the most despicable bargains in contemporary Israeli politics. But the fact that our country is being run without a diplomacy department should not mislead us in this situation: Gaza HAS been declared a hostile entity, and therefore it WAS legitimitate to enforce a naval blockade on its territory - irrespective of the obvious operational flaws and the arguable wisdom behind that policy. Another fact is that the Islamic party of Erdogan has - either on purpose or implicitly - foresaken their strategic alliance with Israel over the past 18 months. No ally would have considered letting that flottilla sail to gaza, not even one minute of thought. In the current situation, a regional power such as Turkey cannot afford to both party with Iran and maintain an alliance with Israel, that is the wider context in which to consider this PR exercise. So please everyone, let us sober up and accept the sad reality that Turkey has - at least for the time being - switched teams. If they wanted an excuse, they were going to have it one way or another. Giving in to their demands for an international investigation would not make them rethink their strategic choice, it would rather reinforce their resolve to continue down that line. So if Bibi and his mob ever had a point in staying firm: Don't blink. Not now.
Israeli vehicle hit in drive-by shooting in West Bank; no casualties reported (Haaretz)