Why now? June 1, 2010Posted by WorldbyStorm in Israel, Uncategorized.
Let’s essentially ignore some of our recent visitors whose inability to distinguish the almost exclusively moderate tone that the commentors on this site take to the Israel Palestine issue, i.e. one which recognises rights on both sides of that equation, while in passing note that these keyboard warriors in Israel’s defense moved rapidly from obnoxious insults about commentors and contributors to outright racism.
I’ve been to Israel. I have considerable respect for ordinary Israelis and I’m a strong believer in a two state solution. I don’t have anything to apologise for in regards of that, and particularly not to people who if I were an Israeli I’d have profound concerns as to why they were lining up to support me. And I wouldn’t for a second, despite all that, hesitate in pointing out that time and again Israeli government policy across a raft of social political and economic areas, in relation to Palestine and Palestinians has been willfully, pointlessly, needlessly and stupidly counterproductive. Time and again. And continues to be. To the point that that one wonders do they recognise the dangers of the isolationism that surely beckons further down the line.
On the broader issue, it is heartening to see that the general consensus appears to be that these were indeed reprehensible and irresponsible actions that are straining even the most ardent champions of the Israeli government (and let’s always keep in mind that these are initiated by government) to explain, let alone defend.
But the question remains, why now? What on earth was it thought that they could achieve? How was it considered they would play in the court, not merely of global opinion, but also and as importantly as regards the strategic interests of Israel as regards Turkey, as regards their ‘partners’ in the EU and so on.
I wrote a comment yesterday which EWI was good to respond to, but I think it still stands as a summation of the above question…
It’s difficult in light of what seem most aptly described as outright murder to do this, but coming back to the incident itself, something that strikes me very strongly is just how unhinged this was, and how seemingly indifferent to Turkish political and public opinion the Israeli govt. appears to have been and continues to be (another striking thing is how cloth-eared many of those on those sites linked to above seem to be as regards how Turkey has been traditionally a staunch ally of Israel even in the very recent past). And of course global public opinion.
What on earth is the political calculation behind such actions? I see the PM was in Canada.
It seems almost as if the Israeli state tilted into a sort of political instability. I mean, such actions are far from unheard of within their territorial boundaries, but this… this seems like a completely different scale/response to what we’ve seen before. And completely counterproductive.
And I think alastair has it right, they’ve been completely swamped on in terms of trying to ‘present’ this, perhaps another reason why there’s such a froth on the internet amongst their supposed supporters.
One small other thought. Given that the Social Welfare Bill was squirreled away on Friday so that the response from TDs, in particular, would be muted (I have that straight from the horses mouth so to speak), the news that an extra €2bn is being given over to the seemingly endless maw of Anglo Irish Bank indicates that we may well have seen a ‘good’ days to bury bad news