A reader whose friend has a sweeping Mt. Carmel view of Haifa harbor from his/her home took this recent shot of the Mavi Marmara, which has been towed to Haifa from Ashdod, where it was originally brought after being captured by the Israeli navy.
The flotilla attack is the disaster that keeps on giving in terms of the negative fallout it provides Israel. Haaretz reports that at the urging of Barack Obama Bibi secretly sent an Israeli minister to negotiate a resolution of the outstanding issues dividing Israel and Turkey over the massacre. The Turks are demanding an apology (that would be the second one, since Danny Ayalon made the Turkish ambassador sit in a baby chair in order to demean him), victim’s compensation, and an end to the Gaza siege.
Turkey also seems to be ratcheting up the pressure by issuing a new threat to withdraw the right of commercial flights to pass through its airspace. This would be a very strong slap in Israel’s face as it would have practical repercussions for Israeli flights to Europe.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman found out about the meeting and had a monumental hissy-fit declaring for all the world to see that Bibi was not nice to him and that if he didn’t shape up he might, just might, take Yisrael Beiteinu’s marbles and play elsewhere. All just a technical error on his office’s part, explained the prime minister. It will all be cleared up in a private meeting between the two. However, a wounded Yvet is not taking Bibi’s calls just yet. Make the big guy stew a little seems to be the idea.
Haaretz also reports that the IDF investigation of the attack headed by Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland may be more critical than expected. In an Israeli context, that seems to mean very little. But who knows, we might be surprised by the outcome. Even in Biblical Sodom there was at least one honest man.