The flotilla incident off Gaza and its aftermath have stretched the situation far beyond the normal bounds of political accommodation. The rights and wrongs of the matter can be debated ad infinitum but the damage has already been done and prevailing dispositions reaffirmed to an even higher degree. Such realignment cannot have improved the overall position, not unless it forces a considerable rethink about the whole sorry mess. Israeli fears about security may have necessitated its actions of late but the results can only have increased those concerns, making them that much more acute. Turkish opinion has been polarised to a greater extent, Hamas can take comfort from the increase in Israeli isolation, the US finds justifying its support that much harder and the world in general can only question and doubt the morality and judgement as exemplified by the present Israeli administration. Before things get much worse - and they have a habit of doing just that - we might all do well to consider an altogether different approach regarding exactly where we might go from here. http://yorketowers.blogspot.com 'A sharp medicine but a sure cure for all ills.' And much better than dying slowly and by a thousand cuts. Especially if some of those cuts are self-inflicted.
Chief PA negotiator Erekat: Talks to minimize IDF control in W. Bank's Area A ended (Haaretz)
from the article: Ofra Bengio / Turkey’s Strategic U-Turn, Israel’s Tactical Mistakes