Israel’s Non-Apology Apology

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Photo: Flickr/ unaoc

At his blog, Barry Rubin gives a great background 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. He also does a great job of explaining why Israel did what it did and pointing out some drawbacks. As with almost everything Prof. Rubin writes, it’s a must-read.

Respectfully, though, Prof. Rubin misses the key problem with Israel’s non-apology: it might as well have been an apology.

Every newspaper in the world carried Israel’s “apology” this weekend – only without the quotes around “apology.” As we reported in yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, there are billboards in the Turkish capital of Ankara reading “Israel apologized, thank you Erdogan.” And the fact that Israel is financially compensating the families makes the non-apology protestation ring more than a bit hollow.

Why does this matter? As Prof. Rubin reports, the Turkish demands were threefold: Israel must apologize, Israel must compensate the families, Israel must change its Gaza policy. Erdogan doesn’t care about his own people or the people of Gaza – at least not beyond any propaganda use he can get out of them. But he very much cared about that apology – because it makes him a hero in the Muslim world. Whether or not they think they did, Israel gave Erdogan exactly what he wanted; or, at least, the ability to claim they did.

We’re not normally in the business of second-guessing the Israeli government and we won’t do it now. Prime Minister Netanyahu has our confidence and total support. But let’s not try to fool ourselves that the Israeli non-apology wasn’t an apology: in the only way that really matters, it most certainly was an apology. And it was more than a little disheartening.


Author: Stand For Israel | March 26, 2013
Posted in:  Israel, Turkey


 

What do you think?

  • Goddy
    April 1, 2013
    9:01 am
     

    It is not a sin for Israel to apologizs niether will the apology stop Israel from defending her self. Israel security is not in the hands of American or in the hands of Israelies but in the Hands of God. The God who keep Israel never sleep nor slumbers. I read today that Bleesed is he who has the God of Jacob for his help.Let us take politice out our comments and let us talk about God because the midle east conflict is about God and the deveil. May the Lord open our eyes and understanding to know this

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  • Miles
    March 29, 2013
    4:55 pm
     

    All of our last 5 Presidents have caused more damage to our nation than terrorism has ever thought about. All should read the book “As America has done to Israel”, it is an eye opener.

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  • Nicholas
    March 29, 2013
    10:03 am
     

    I agree with everyone, why should Israel contnue to apologize every time they defend themselves against there enemies.

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  • Lawrence
    March 29, 2013
    6:44 am
     

    I was very disturbed when I heard of Israel’s apology. You never apologize for things you didn’t do wrong. It makes Israel look weak. Turkey needs to apologize for their inaccuracies and slander.

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  • Brenda
    March 28, 2013
    8:30 pm
     

    I believe that if Obama isn’t THE antichrist, he is certainly AN anitchrist. Israel belongs to the Jews, and even larger territories. Check it out, in 1967 the Israely borders were larger even going into Egypt. Check out this website…www.arewelivinginthelastdays.com. Read and look at every article, web cast and timelines. It’ll blow your mind!!! And, by the way, Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord and the Israel belongs to him!!!

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  • JR
    March 28, 2013
    6:13 pm
     

    As an American Christian, I know that the Isrealis are God’s chosen people. And for hat reason,I feel a special bond with them. When I help them, I am helping God! God Bless you all at Passover!

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  • Skip
    March 28, 2013
    5:04 pm
     

    This American stands with Isreal…G_d’s chosen people.

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  • peggy
    March 27, 2013
    10:36 am
     

    If Israel doesn’t say or do what others want them to, then they just make up lies and tell the press. Duh! Same old story.

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  • Alfred
    March 26, 2013
    7:50 pm
     

    Why is Israel the only country in the world required to “apologize” when it was totally in the right?
    Political reality may dictate that they say SOMETHING to the turkeys in Turkey but not much.

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  • Marcia
    March 26, 2013
    6:47 pm
     

    Look, I am an American, but did u ever notice how every country plays stupid? In the case of the Obama Admin. he’s not playing…but All countries say, “for what?” now Israel too!

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    • John
      March 26, 2013
      7:52 pm
       

      Agree completely Marcia–and “apologizing” to Turkey only condones the turkeys in Turkey who want to empower the radical Islamists there.
      Israel doesn’t need to apologize for doing nothing wrong

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    • Irv
      March 29, 2013
      3:56 am
       

      USA needs Turkey (Sunni) & Israel to cooperate to stop Syria (Alawaite/Shia killing 70,000 Sunnis) and Iranian (Shia support for Hizbullah & Nukes) which threatens regional instability.

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  • marcia
    March 26, 2013
    6:41 pm
     

    I’ll say this again and again, Apologize For What???

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  • N
    March 26, 2013
    5:20 pm
     

    Israel owes NO apology, and I am appaled at Obama (yet again) that he would ask this. Then a day later, he released money to the Pali’s—Obama is a joke — Bibi, America is with you!!

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    • Jay
      March 26, 2013
      7:50 pm
       

      I agree that most of the people of the USA are with Israel. Its a shame that our president thinks otherwise. Maybe he did not get the “Memo?”

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  • Henry
    March 26, 2013
    5:06 pm
     

    A true apology comes from the heart and NOT forced out of one’s mouth. There seems to be a strategic need for Israel and Turkey to work together for now to protect the interests or assets of the USA.

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  • Jane
    March 26, 2013
    5:03 pm
     

    God is in control, he has his hands on Israel. Like America we need God! To repent and turn from all wickedness and trust God will Win the greater victory. Thank you Jesus.

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  • Bob
    March 26, 2013
    1:20 pm
     

    Israel needs to apologize to NO ONE!!
    The world needs to apologize to Israel. It is long over due!!!

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  • Susan
    March 26, 2013
    12:59 pm
     

    I believe obama pressured PM Netanyahu to ‘apologize’ to Turkey; and may have offered some ‘carrot’ for doing so. Israel is NOT the aggressor!She is bullied CONSTANTLY by the world media!God Bless Her

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  • MFS
    March 26, 2013
    8:53 am
     

    I dread it every time a president of the US visits Israel. It always puts them in compromising positions. Romeny might have been an exception. I apologize to Israel, since the president won’t.

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