Israeli naval commandos boarded and captured an unarmed Turkish ship. In international waters, according to early reports. According to nearly all reports, they killed at least two people doing so.
I don't like making snap judgments. But I would like answers to the following questions:
1) How is this not a blatant act of piracy?
2) How is there not a state of war between Israel and Turkey after this?
3) If there is, given that Turkey is a NATO ally, how, under the NATO treaty, is there not a state of war between Israel and the United States? Never mind the politics, talk to me about the law: is the US going to wipe its ass with the NATO treaty, or are we going to defend Turkey from an attack by Israel?
4) If this isn't too far? How far does the Likud/Shas coalition have to go before the United States admits that they've committed intolerable provocations (if not actual war crimes -- and I remind you that piracy is defined as a crime against humanity) and announce that they are, at the very least, no longer under our protection?
5) Before any of you break out the hoary old "only secular democracy in the Middle East" cliché, first of all, it's just not, not any more, and secondly, given the domination that Shas has over the coalition, how can you conceivably call it secular?
My advice to any remaining secular, liberal Jews living in Israel is that this is it: it is time to get out of there.