June 2010

Some Gaza Flotilla facts before the anti-Israel story becomes the only reality.

So just before the dust settles completely and everyone remembers only the '9 dead by Israel' headline, I want to just mention a few facts and make a little point to consider.

As I have said before, I do not always support my government. In fact, there are currently a few ministers within it that I would prefer to see retire immediately, but Israel, with all the political and human rights errors it has done throughout the years, responded like any other democratic government would have reacted. I do not doubt the good intentions of most of the European peace activists on that flotilla and I understand their frustration, however, they might want to consider that they may have been a pawn in a much bigger game, and this game has been years in the making.

God bless you government of Turkey, but what are you doing?

Some pre-flotilla facts - 

1. The Turkish AK Party won the majority in parliament in July 22, 2007 and over three million secular Turks took to the streets and protested their ‘hidden Islamist agenda’.  Ever since, Turkey seems to have been looking for a comfy position to cuddle with Iran.

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Being a pro peace Israeli is a hard thing to do - but I'm doing it anyway.

I don't usually do this. I am not a politician nor am I a military or governmental official or an expert on such matters. I am just an Israeli citizen based in the US working all over the world, and as such I only have my personal opinions and my own point of view. As a voter, I am located to the moderate left of the political map. I was born and raised in Israel with real coexistence between Arabs and Israelis and a true faith that peace is right around the corner. I was taken to demonstrations against the Israeli occupation and visited my mother's Muslim friends around the country. I support a two state solution and the Palestinian's right for land, peace and prosperity. However, even as a lefty raised, peace loving, kumbaya singing eternally optimistic why-can't-we-all-just-get-along Israeli kinda gal - my nerves in the past ten years have been stretched super thin by the constant violence against my country.

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