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Israel Has Some Success Pushing Flotilla Narrative

Half of Americans blame activists for deaths

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A pro-Israel boat in Israel yesterday.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

A new poll showed that a solid bloc of Americans continue to back Israel, while basically half—49 percent—blamed pro-Palestinian activists for the deaths in the flotilla raid. Only 19 percent said Israel was to blame.

Other relevant figures:

51 percent support an international probe of the incident; 25 percent are against.

58 percent say Israel is an ally, two percent say it’s an enemy, and 38 percent say it is somewhere in between. (By comparison, only 30 percent see the United Nations as an ally.)

• Israel is one of only five countries that Americans say the United States should be willing to defend militarily.

Half of Americans Blame Pro-Palestinian Activists for Flotilla [Haaretz/AP]

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rawdoc says:

This is not the worst thing Israel has done. It was a blunder which should easily have been avoided. Apparently, some members of the Israeli intelligence community are already in the ‘ I told you so! ‘ mode. But, man, this is really big. The enormous swelling of anti-Israeli feeling has become the event itself. The incident has been mythologised to the point where it is like a litany which needs to be constantly repeated to enable the onset of a magickal reality, in which all is clear & simple, & one can sleep again in the soft warm bed of denial. Except that Israel is alone in its dream; the rest of the world dreams its own dreams.

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Israel Has Some Success Pushing Flotilla Narrative

Half of Americans blame activists for deaths

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