The ‘air flotilla’ and Israel’s PR blunder

Arresting and deporting the ‘flightilla’ protesters for what is essentially an act of free speech, the government has demonstrated that Israel - the Middle East’s democratic haven - is not so different from the other countries in the region after all.

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July 12, 2011 15:24
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Pro-Palestinian activists at Ben Gurion Airport

flightilla activists at ben gurion 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Sometimes, it just hurts to watch: At the last minute, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu et al have managed to pry defeat from the jaws of victory. After flubbing the response to the flotilla last year, the final verdict on the air flotilla—or “flightilla”—is that it provided fodder for our critics to undermine our democratic credentials. As usual, we won the battle over the specific issue, but in the larger picture, we actually notch up yet another loss in the larger PR war.

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