A Special Place in Hell / The Second Gaza War: Israel lost at sea

Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, says what the commandos did was lunatic and self-defeating.

We are no longer defending Israel. We are now defending the siege, which is itself becoming Israel’s Vietnam.

We were determined to avoid an honest look at the first Gaza war. Now, in international waters and having opened fire on an international group of humanitarian aid workers and activists, we are fighting and losing the second. For Israel, in the end, this Second Gaza War could be far more costly and painful than the first.

Perhaps most ominously, in a stepwise, lemming-like march of folly in our relations with Ankara, a regional power of crucial importance and one which, if heeded, could have helped head off the First Gaza War, we have come dangerously close to effectively declaring a state of war with Turkey.

Turkey has long been an ally of Israel. That may be gone now. Most of the dead are Turkish nationals.

Is Israel drifting toward civil war?