At his blog, Barry Rubin gives a great backgrounder on the flotilla that Israel’s special forces intercepted and for which Israel’s government has just “apologized.” Only, as Rubin points out, the Israelis didn’t really apologize. Instead, they issued a carefully worded statement to mollify the Turks without admitting doing anything wrong.
The agreement, which includes restoring normal bilateral relations, has been portrayed as some sort of Israeli surrender. That is simply not true. The agreement is much closer to Israel’s position. There is no change on Israel’s strategic policy toward the Gaza Strip at all. While the word “apology” appears in Netanyahu’s statement, it is notably directed at the Turkish people, not the government and is of the sorry-if-your feelings-were-hurt variety.