"Only after some time, when video from the ship arrived and was aired by the American media, did public opinion begin to shift in Israel's favor." Actually, people immediately pointed out that Israel was confiscating and not releasing full evidence, but an altered video tape specially made to show only the IDF's side. People deplored the cover-up. I don't think Israel's worldwide standing got ANY better after the awful, amateur-like techniques employed by the IDF to falsify the story.
Germany's Merkel backs justice minister in dismissal of top prosecutor (DPA)
from the article: Envoy to U.S. Michael Oren denies saying Israel, U.S. drifting apart