For the first time, the merit is definitively on Israel's side. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Morse Fan
    • 02.08.12 | 09:33 (IDT)

    PM Netanyahu is almost surely right; there's a key and if he could just find it, he might be able to make this over. But for the first time, I'm not absolutely sure. The dispute is really about disrespect that Turkey experienced from Israel's actions. That doesn't mean there was always intent. But there was some. It's being fought through the Mavi Marmara narrative, which isn't a bad one, because that situation was a mess and the implications of the facts were always unclear. So there's wiggle room. But it is hard to argue PM Erdogan has not stepped with two feet over the disrespect line himself. So Turkey's moral entitlement has pretty much evaporated. In fact, this is absurd. Does anyone doubt Israel "is sorry." Well, sorry it's having this problem, but surely by now sorry about the deaths, too. Netanyahu's actions are way beyond what's needed to communicate that. Another fair question under the circumstances: Would Turkey ever think anything was enough? If not, watching Israel twist is purely sadistic. That's not Turkey. It's too easy to say, "Erdogan is intransigent," because he actually wouldn't be backing down. How frustrating!!

    from the article: U.K. mediating between Israel and Turkey in bid to end impasse
    First published 01:16 02.08.12 | Last updated 01:16 02.08.12
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