MembersANALYSIS: Israel’s PR Failure in Identifying Palestinian Terror Groups

A lack of information is frustrating the public and Israel’s allies, while coalition infighting further tears at its fragile bonds

By Yochanan Visser | | Topics: Gantz, Biden, Bennett
Bennett has his hands full trying to hold his coalition together.
Israel's governing coalition is made up of a diversity of parties that's proving hard to hold together.  Photo: Yoav Dudkevitch/POOL

The crisis that erupted over Israel’s decision to add six Palestinian civil organizations to its list of terror groups has created a situation in which the survival of the current Israeli government has become uncertain.

See: What Stands Behind Designating Six Palestinian NGOs as Terror Organizations?

There is strong criticism within the government, as well as from outside, about how the decision was published by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who failed to back up his decision with clear-cut evidence.

In addition, there are increasing incidents that show that the government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is not functioning properly.

 

Lack of information

It was May 31, 2010, and the Israel Navy had just boarded the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in the coastal waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

When Israeli commandos from the Shayetet 13 amphibious unit entered the Turkish ship – via helicopters hovering above the craft – they were attacked by members of the Islamist IHH movement who were...

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