How to Play the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Game

Posted on July 7, 2011


The New York Times has the perfect summation for the way Turkey has reneged on its promise to find justice for the victims of the Mavi Marmara killed during Israel’s attack on last year’s Gaza flotilla:

Diplomats said Wednesday that the two sides had been searching for a word that would sound like an apology in Turkish, but not in Hebrew.

Indeed, that’s pretty reflective of the way most countries in the region, such as Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf States, have played the Israel-Palestine conflict over the years, stoking resentment domestically, while all but high-fiving Israel with diplomatic ties. Turkey, in this example, backed away almost immediately from its promise to pursue charges against Israel, as this English language Turkish news site reported in February:

A Turkish official has shed further light on how a crisis between Turkey and Israel over a deadly raid on an aid ship last year could evolve in the future, saying Ankara would not pursue the prosecution of those responsible for the raid in international courts and suggesting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not responsible for the deadly operation.

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