The Obama administration plans to use
First, the statement assumes the flotilla was indeed motivated solely by the blockade. Yet the organizers themselves — the Free Gaza movement and the Turkish group IHH — have both made it clear that their agenda is far broader.
After interviewing Free Gaza co-founder and spokeswoman Greta Berlin last week, the New York Times reported that Berlin "likes to joke" about her two ex-husbands — one Palestinian, one Jewish. "But when she is not joking she says that her detractors in
IHH founder Bulent Yildirim, addressing a Hamas rally in
That leads to the second half of the equation: counterproductive policies. Ending the blockade would indeed "remove the impulse" of genuine humanitarian activists, but they were never the problem. Misguided, yes: by letting Hamas rearm freely, ending the blockade would almost certainly lead to war, which would hurt ordinary Gazans far more than the blockade does. But as the Rachel Corrie's peaceful docking in Ashdod this weekend and previous peaceful dockings by other aid ships show, genuine humanitarians can deliver aid without causing international incidents that inflame the entire world.
People whose goal is
Thus the administration's response, far from "removing the impulse" for such provocations, will actually spark more of them, by proving that they are wildly successful. True, they wouldn't be blockade-busting flotillas anymore. But experienced provocateurs like
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