posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 03:45 PM
Here's an excerpt of Gil Hoffmans latest piece on the flottila incident. It kinda backs up how I've portrayed him, I'm still looking for the
interview link though.
The stolen mathematics matriculation exam could have asked the following question: If a group of ships carrying anti-Israel activists and wanted Hamas
terrorists are on their way to Gaza from Turkey, how long does it take for Israel to get attacked in the foreign press?
The answer would obviously be no time at all.
As happened when civilians were killed by an Israeli air strike on the village of Kafr Kana in the Second Lebanon War and when a UN compound in Gaza
was hit during Operation Cast Lead, the IDF waited too long to tell Israel’s side of the story.
Only after hours of images that made Israel look like the clear aggressor did the IDF release video clips proving that it was IDF soldiers who were
attacked indiscriminately on the Mavi Marmara ship, and not peace activists. As in those earlier incidents, the videos were released too late to make
The clips came out just in time for the 8 p.m. news, which likely helped reassure Israelis that we were in the right. But preaching to the converted
does not help in a conflict that is being fought on the battleground of international public opinion.
Even if the IDF was absolutely right to board the ship where it did and to open fire when it did, and Israel was 100 percent blameless, it does not
matter, because perceptions are more important than reality.
And the reality now is that Israel is in for a tough time.
[edit on 1-6-2010 by strangleholder1]