As the Jewish state begins to examine its own actions and decision-making in the flotilla disaster, it is becoming that much clearer that Israelis need, for their own sake, to begin to study non-violence.
Stop lecturing the Middle East about free speech when the tar-and-feather political lynch mobs tear apart our media. End the hypocrisy now and protest Schumer and Sherman for advocating the dehumanization of Palestinians.
Palestinians in Gaza don't need those shipments any more than Iran and Turkey do. The aid the Palestinians actually need from the outside in order to effect long-term change is guidance and help to change their political plight.
Against the rapid deterioration of Israel's standing in world opinion, Netanyahu has to make a move to restore its image and his credibility as well. Short of launching another war, Gilad Shalit's release appears to be his best option.
When the Israelis attacked the Turkish ship with relief supplies, it brought to mind my encounter in 1978 with one of the legendary heroes in the founding of Israel -- a man I knew as Captain Ike Aranne.
Iris's maternal instincts made her remove her kids from the daily horror of the Sderot rocket reality. Today, under a larger missile threat, Iris's maternal instincts are standing up against immense international pressure to lift the Gaza naval blockade.
It is just as inexcusable for the U.S. to support a government that kills passengers and crew on a humanitarian flotilla as it is to kill nuns and other civilians working in the Salvadoran countryside.
I often anger Jewish acquaintances when I declare that my family lost its homeland because of the establishment of the Jewish state. It's an over simplified view of things, I know, but it holds a truth.
Following the deadly Flotilla attack, several reports were circulated indicating that Israel will succumb to international pressure and lift the Gaza blockade. I don't see this happening anytime soon for the following reasons.
The absence of meaningful action from governments to hold Israel accountable to international law obliges citizens of conscious to take moral responsibility upon themselves, as done against apartheid South Africa.