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Gaza Flotilla; Israel had no choice

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Submitted by Dr. Lawrence White (United States), Jun 1, 2010 at 01:09

This may be the first time I have disagreed with Dan Pipes. Israel faces a situation of steadily escalating testing, of which the Gaza flotilla was the latest. As with Rachel Corrie, if ISM or other similar groups are looking for martyrs, how can Israel counter this? Sooner or later, if the tests are persistent and more threatening, Israel will have to respond. What were the options here? To allow them to break the blockade will lead to further tests, and pretty soon there will be no blockade. We can wring our hands that now they have another propaganda victory, but I dont see another alternative.

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