I hate Stratfor, but the guys who run that site are really smart, no matter if they are tied in with US imperialism or not.
This is the best article I’ve seen on the flotilla attack.
The flotilla was an obvious provocation designed to break the siege of Gaza. The flotilla folks were told they could sail into Israel, have the stuff offloaded, and then Israel will ship it overland to Gaza, but the flotilla folks blew the Israelis off.
Like the famed and similar Exodus incident of 1947, this was a gigantic trap. But this time it was the Zionists as the prey instead of the bait.
The whole point of traps, honey, booby, doors or otherwise, is to not fall into them. Israel fell into this one headfirst.
No matter what went down, and each side has wildly different narratives at this point, Israel fucked up bigtime in the court of public opinion in many ways. At the very least they could have waited to attack the ship until it was 20 miles offshore instead of 72 miles offshore in international waters. War is the continuation of politics by other means, notes Clausewitz. And the information war is often at least as important as the hot war.
With that in mind, this is one battle Israel lost.