A number of readers have commented on earlier posts that Israel woefully lacks officials who can explain intelligently what we're doing and why; this complaint being part of a larger dissatisfaction with inept Israeli PR. Abba Eban, Israel's mythical diplomat of the 1950s and 1960s was offered as a model for what's missing.
There are two op-eds in the New York Times this morning presenting Israel's position in the aftermath of the flotilla PR fiasco. One by Danny Gordis, who is not an official, and the other by Michael Oren, who is.
I submit that Israel's PR counter-offensive in this case is actually not bad, given the abyss it started from and the somewhat shaky context of the Gaza blockade. I also suggest that Michael Oren is easily the equal of Abba Eben, except that the international climate is far more hostile.
(On the other hand, everything else is considerably better. No one in a sane mind would exchange the precarious and fragile Israel of the 1950s or 1960s, for all its popularity, with the thriving powerhouse and bastion of creativity of today's Israel, for all its unpopularity. There's an existential paradox there).
Update: Avi brings my attention to a CiF column by Seth Freedman, one of the Guardian's stable of anti-Israeli Jews: even he, even at CiF, can see that Israel's version of the event is reasonable. The dissemination of those IDF films is proving to be mildly efficient.