The Gaza Flotilla Tragedy was Predictable and Preventable

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli
The German Marshall Fund
June 4, 2010

ANKARA — The Gaza flotilla tragedy is a major blow to what remained of Turkey-Israel relations–not least because it was both predictable and preventable. Israel’s boarding of a Turkish civilian maritime vessel, which ended with the death of eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American, naturally created a very strong and unanimous reaction against Israel in Turkey. From the Turkish perspective, the way the Israeli government has chosen to deal with the crisis has made other details irrelevant. However, it is worth discussing how we got here and where we are heading now.