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ERIC ALTERMAN. "Israel Agonistes," The Nation, June 2, 2010.
"The awful symbolism of the Israeli military attacking an unarmed humanitarian mission at sea—a mission not unlike the Zionist humanitarian missions to Palestine of 1947–48—provides a particularly painful reminder of just how far Israel has strayed from the ideals of its founding. Among the raid's countless counterproductive consequences is that it will further alienate the Jewish state from the liberal Zionists abroad who wish to support Israel but struggle to locate their values amid its increasingly right-wing and decreasingly democratic political culture."