Like many, I believe Israel handled the Gaza bound flotilla raid on May 31st quite poorly. A recent report from Israeli authorities also agrees with this assessment. Of course blame often is initially directed towards the soldiers who entered the ship, legally I might add. But as the report indicates, they actually handled the situation fairly well given that they encountered not members of a peace resistance group, but people bent on acts of violence to make their point. A common tactic when it comes to the opposition to Israel.
Flawed Intelligence Gathering to Blame - AP Reports
New York Times Article: Israeli Military Finds Flotilla Killings Justified
I feel Israeli military and political leadership should have seen they were being egged on into a fight. A fight that even if they won, which they did, they would still lose in the public eye, which happened as well.
Israel is in an increasingly untenable situation. She has control over lands and people who will do just about anything to end Israel’s current position. Israel is surrounded by the worst kind of oppressive governments who use her very existence to justify their own oppressive and reprehensible practices. Just look at Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who may yet be stoned to death in Iran for adultery, even though her confession to this crime was acquired through extreme acts of torture.
I would like to note that there are more U.N. proclamations against Israel than any other nation in the world including the likes of the aforementioned Iran, China, North Korea, and Sudan. How does a modern, democratic, moral society compete in such a world?!
Israel really is fighting a battle with one arm tied behind its back. Would any of these other nations appoint a civilian commission to determine the legality of a military action? Of course not. In those nations, any commission, like in their court cases, the outcome is already predetermined. Clearly these are not societies founded on the notion of tzedek, tzedek tirdof, justice, justice you shall pursue.
I take a lot of pride in being a supporter of Israel. It may not always get it right, but it does keep trying to in the end. It does strive to be a holy nation while existing in the modern world. An impossible task, and a dream perhaps, but a worthy dream nonetheless.
If you wish to learn more, I suggest going to the following website which has a lot more useful tools about Israel from a Reform Jewish perspective.
Association of Reform Zionists of America
But in case you have a few spare moments - here is a fascinating article related to the the general bias against Israel:
Two Sides of a Fence