Brain Bush’s Blog

Flotilla Fallout

  • By : Brian Bush
  • June 15, 2012
  • 8:28 pm

Hello Everyone,

The Israeli media continues to churn out more from the critical report on Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's handling of the Turkish Flotilla of two years ago.

What is interesting is that it was clear to all that this flotilla was more dangerous than those which preceded it.

This did not cath the attention of Mr. Netanyahu. Within the government, it has come out that, five different entities demanded serious dialogue on what was perceived to be a threat. Netanyahu did not engage them.

Many here are crying out that this report is a warning signal for the next conflict: That it demonstrates how decisions are made in Mr. Netanyahu's government.

Another interesting tid-bit is that Israel didn't approach the Arab public through the media – and that translates into the attitude that the people don't care.

The findings in the report point to 'the continued severe multi-year deterioration in public diplomacy and in television and radio broadcasts in the Arab language, as well as tremendous lethargy in advancing public diplomacy in this language on the internet'.

Bottom line; Israel has been called out for not making a real effort to communicate with an extensive Arab community.

But now that the report has been out for a few days there are other not so critical voices sounding off.

The report will be studied and implemented and the Government, IDF, and intelligence branches will study the report and ultimately learn from it.

Criticism is something that comes after the fact. It is important for looking at the future.

Bottom line, Israeli Navy boats attempted to stop the flotilla without the use of force. The organizers of the flotilla, or at least those onboard the Mavi Marmara, did not concur – one can say that on this one vessel there were those who sought a confrontation.

Here in the Middle East, a country that does not defend its borders with determination, will find it difficult when it must.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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