PD and the Gaza Flotilla

There have been strong reactions from around the world to the Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla on May 31, 2010. Official reactions have varied from deep concern over the incident to strong condemnation, while civilian reactions have included public protests following the news of the deaths of individuals on board. Below are the official government positions on the situation from Turkey, Israel and the United States. The stories on the right demonstrate the range of international public opinion.

Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an official press release, expressed regret for the loss of life, said that the event represented a clear case of self-defense of the Israeli Defense Force soldiers, and expressed full backing for the military raid.

Turkey: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the raid as “state terror” and ex-pressed the desire that Israel be “punished” for its “bloody massacre.”

US: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed support of the UN Security Council’s condemnation of the acts and its call for a “prompt, impartial, credible, and transparent investigation.”

PDiN Headlines

The Limits of Public Opinion: Arabs, Israelis and the Strategic Balance
Frontier India

Ayalon Claims Successes in PR Battle
The Jerusalem Post

U.S Mutes Criticism of Israeli Raid
The Wall Street Journal
Israel Turns to YouTube, Twitter After Flotilla Fiasco
CNN (Wired)

The Gaza Raid: No Help to U.S. Mideast Diplomacy

Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion
Real Clear World

A PR disaster for Israel
The Spectator

Q+A: Are Odd Couple Turkey and Israel Breaking Up?

Business Counts Cost of Turkey-Israel Spat
Financial Times

Hamas rejects Israel-approved snack foods for Gaza
The Associated Press

CPD Blog Coverage

On June 5, Sandy Tolan, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, contributed a piece on the Gaza flotilla incident as a catalyst for the demise of the Israeli-Turkish alliance. Click here to read the blog.

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