The deadly Israeli raid on a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza on Monday prompted widespread condemnation and set off a diplomatic crisis for the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Several European nations and Turkey summoned Israeli envoys for an explanation of the actions. At the request of Turkey, The United Nations Security Council met in emergency session on Monday over the attack… The White House, [has] been at odds with the Israeli prime minister over settlements in East Jerusalem.
Since Turkey is a NATO ally and an EU candidate, the US cannot just side with Israeli aggression as usual and pretend it is only "the Islamic world" (already a ridiculous and insulting oversimplification of a vast diversity of institutions and a billion individual stakeholders) that disapproves of this. The whole world is rightly regarding the attack on Gaza relief workers and peace activists as an obscene act of belligerence on Israel's part -- not to mention an inexcusably unforced error -- and if Israel goes forward with Netanyahu's usual bloodyminded bluster and actually attacks Turkish ships we are hearing noises about now we are fast approaching the point at which Israel might be regarded as engaging in straightforward acts of war against a US ally and condemned by the whole world for it. Given the stress exacerbated by Netanyahu in the current US-Israel relationship it seems less likely than ever that the US would be inclined to go out on such a limb, whatever the ongoing influence of lobbyists for the most militant factions in Israel (and if anybody wants to indulge the disgusting tactic of declaring me "antisemitic" for disapproving reactionary militant factions in Israel you should first declare Jews in Israel and across the US who likewise disapprove them in the name of democracy and peace "antisemitic" as well). The US might try some kind of neutral impartial negotiator role in such a circumstance, but siding unambiguously with Israel against the EU and everybody else on earth doesn't seem doable for once, and that in itself may be enough to make this a turning point in the US's indiscriminate support of Israel, come what may, however injurious that may be to our own interests and to the interest of lasting peace in the Middle East for Israelis and everyone else alike.