Playing Into Gaza Flotilla Activists' Hands Will Make Israel 'Heroes' - but Fools

About two weeks before the Marmara incident, I wrote to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, recommending to ignore ships that were seeking to break the blockade. The inner cabinet completely rejected my recommendation.

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We are expecting the arrival shortly of another ship that is slated to try to break through Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and dock at Gaza’s port. “Israel will not permit the arrival of the ship,”...