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UN Report Largely Exculpates Israel on Mavi Marmara

The New York Times has obtained a leaked copy of the UN’s long-awaited report investigating Israel’s raid on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship seeking to break Israel’s blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. During the raid, nine Turks were killed, one of whom was a dual U.S. citizen. The UN report, however, has reportedly found Israel’s blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza, as well as Israel’s actions against the Mavi Marmara, to be legal. The report did find that Israel used excessive force, but few officials take such criticism seriously. After all, the basis of the Powell Doctrine is to use overwhelming force against opponents.

Turkey’s Islamist leadership has now responded with another temper tantrum, expelling Israeli diplomats and suspending most economic and military ties. This is no surprise, though: It is the reason why Turkish authorities sponsored the Mavi Marmara in the first place.

Israel has done a service to the West by finally standing up to the Turkish government’s ideologically-driven bullying. Secretary of State Clinton should be ashamed for trying to force an Israeli apology to appease Turkey.