The Bitter Herbs of the Mavi Marmara

The Gaza flotilla incident challenged and embarrassed Israeli policy makers, finally defeating them. This is good for Israel in the long run, demonstrating the futility of living solely by the sword.

Don’t belittle the fact that the victims were Turkish. Their nationality keeps the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident high on everyone’s agenda. The Turks have a state, a government, representatives at the United Nations and regional influence. The Palestinians have none of these. The moral lesson to be drawn from this is that if you die in a confrontation, at least be Turkish: never die as a Palestinian...