.....it rather damaged Israels ties to "the world". Nope, the cost-benefit factor surely wasn't a very good one here, you could have had exactly the same result (ceasing of rocket attacks from Gaza) by starting to talk seriously to Hamas in last November, since those attacks weren't in Hamas strategical interest either.... ....but that was not what your politicians had in mind, all they had in mind was to gain a few more votes in February. But again, who voted those politicians into office...??? That is exactly what I mean, when I talk about the chronical Israeli "unsmartness" when it comes to politics.....
UN Security Council urges Greek and Turkish Cypriots to reach peace agreement (AP)
from the article: Barak warns against further harming Israel-Turkey relations