I'd like to highlight the outrageous nature of a gag order in Israel that has forbidden journalists and bloggers from reporting on the so-called Anat Kam affair. Who is Kam and why is speaking her name a crime in the Israeli media?
If the Israeli government is convinced they took the appropriate action in this case, they can go a long way toward proving that by giving us the whole tape. If not, we have to assume they're hiding something.
There is no quick fix in the Mideast. And as demonstrated by the world's swift, harsh and uniform condemnation of Israel's actions Monday, Israel and it's people are once again alone in this not-very-Jew-friendly world.
Based on numerous reports from various parties, my conclusion is that the IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara was a tactical failure of the first order. The obvious question is "okay, so what would you have done?" Here's my answer.
Where is Israel's political leadership that is brave enough to stand up and make the nuanced argument on why this was not about the individual soldiers' behavior, but about the decisions that sent them on a bad mission.
While I'm sure there were some well meaning souls aboard the ship, the so-called "humanitarian flotilla" to Gaza was primarily a deliberate Islamist political provocation aimed at breaking the security blockade.
In the face of allegations that it used live ammunition on unarmed protesters, and following inconsistent statements from soldiers, Israeli Defense Forces have launched an investigation into the shooting deaths of two Palestinian teenagers.
When I mentioned that Israel's heroic efforts in Haiti were spreading a lot of much-needed positive vibes about Israel, Yagodovsky gave me an awkward look, as if to say: "That's nice, but that's not why we do it."