Behind the BP disaster, Israel’s raid on an aid convoy of ships is the other big story of the moment. I don’t share the view of many that this was a great use of force on Israel’s part. It seems like they overplayed their hand from a P.R. standpoint, even if some of the people on the ship were unsavory. It also seems they have alienated their longstanding best friend in the Muslim world, Turkey. That said, I don’t think the U.S. should go out on a limb on this front. The Gaza Strip has made its own bed by electing Hamas. It is a lot to ask for Israel to even tolerate the existence of this terror-run regime right next store to it. There is an air of unreality about Europe’s and Obama’s attempts to get the peace process begun again so long as Hamas is given any kind of respectability in the Palestinian political order. Gaza has descended mightily under its leadership and Israel’s consequent isolation of this small piece of land. But even someone ill disposed to Israel must realize there is no reason from its own self-interested perspective to do any business with a group that has no moderate elements and no likelihood of using any “peace process” for anything but continued low level war against Israel through kidnappings and rocket attacks. There may be some justice in the generic Palestinian claim for a homeland and compensation for their expulsion from their native lands, but even justice must give way to reality when it asks the stronger party for an accomadation.