Guy Rundle, with thoughts on Israel that have been brewing away for days now:
…in defending the flotilla, as one does and must, it would be pretty foolish to give a simplistic account of the events, which appear to be wreathed in bad faith from both sides. Chief among these is a single narrative conspired in both sides, suggesting that Israel is unitary and strong and the Free Gaza, and the entire Palestinian movement, a well-regulated non-violent movement. All of that is nonsense.
If this crazy raid made anything clear, it is — as suggested earlier by the 2006 Lebanon invasion and Cast Lead — that Israel is a country whose leadership is fractured and quasi-hysterical, with many of these provocations (including the Dubai assassination) more likely to be a product of elite disunity in Israel than of any firm or collective sense of purpose of decades earlier.
It’s messy, complex, frustrating — but Rundle reserves his biggest swipe for the current Israeli government. We suggest you read the full version below.
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