We’re sure one day someone will write a beyond fascinating dissertation on the subject, but for now, we’ll simply note that the Flotilla Fiasco is simply one more bit of proof that back in the day, the Jews who knew PR came here instead of to the Holy Land.
Had a few more headed thataway, Israel wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place, because there never would have been a blockade. Instead, the Israeli Navy would have set up a “Humanitarian Aid Channel” to guide such aid through Ashdod to Gaza as efficiently as possible. Jewdar would have liked to see a bunch of activists trying to mess up the “Humanitarian Aid Channel.”
It’s not too late to save the situation, however. All Israel needs to do is announce, in big,big, big letters, that it is lifting the blockade. Then, after “Israel Lifts Blockade!” in big print, will come the fine print that mentions that all humanitarian aid will pass through Ashdod to Gaza.
There are several possibilities that arise from this:
1. People see the headline, say “Well, that’s reasonable of Israel,” and don’t read the fine print.
2. People see the headline, read the fine print, don’t know where Ashdod is, and still think Israel is reasonable.
3. People see the headline, read the fine print, say “Israel hasn’t changed anything, humanitarian aid could already reach Gaza through Ashdod” at which point Israel says “Aha!”
Sadly, this seems unlikely–most of the Jews who appreciate a good Borscht Belt routine also ended up here.