No humanitarian aid to Shalit, and no story either.
Even before the facts were clear about the battle between Israeli commandos and the pro-Hamas flotilla, we were told by The New York Times website, and dozens of other online media, that Israel was being “condemned.” Indeed it was.
(JTA) — Dozens of trucks loaded with cargo from some of the ships intercepted on the way to Gaza crossed into the coastal strip. Workers at the Ashdod port unloaded cargo from three of the ships and loaded it into trucks by Tuesday afternoon.
The cargo was scattered throughout each ship and not packed up in an organized fashion, Ynet reported, citing the port’s CEO Shuli Sagis. X-rays and dogs inspected the goods, which included food and toys.
It is easy to blame the activists on the flotilla. They sought to embarrass Israel and drive worldwide attention to the situation in Gaza.
It is also easy to blame the Israeli military. Israel was determined to stop the flotilla. And the Israel Defense Forces apparently failed to anticipate the type of confrontation that occurred after commandos rappelled onto the Mavi Marmara.
The world splits roughly between those who denounce Israel from a religious or ideological base, and those who denounce Israel because they are tired of defending Western civilization to which they are heir but aren’t sure why they should care (and those who bash Israel as a cover for their own anti-Semitism). The tired and the impatient might be slightly moved by better PR on Israel’s part, and OK, why not? But the others don’t care, and those are the ones Israel fights.
The whole situation reminds me of that scene in “The Godfather” when Sonny Corleone impulsively drives off to beat up his wife-battering brother-in-law, only to be ambushed at a tollbooth by the rival family that has set him up.
Given that last week's big Jewish news was Peter Beinart's criticism of the Jewish American establishment, I got up today wondering what he'd say about the Gaza flotilla attacks. Not so surprisingly, he had quite a bit to say, and posted his reaction on The Daily Beast.