When William Hague released his first statement about the confrontation this morning we didn't know a lot about what had happened. With growing evidence that the conflict was driven by a violent attack on Israeli soldiers by the "peace activists" on the boat, he needs to issue a new statement that better reflects that reality.
While it is reasonable that the statement earlier today talks about discovering "whether enough was done to prevent deaths and injuries", it does not properly balance that with a condemnation of attempts to force the Israeli Defence Force to use lethal force. And it does not reflect the evidence that the soldiers were responding to a clear threat to their lives.
Hague's current statement, despite the diplomatic language, is unfair on Israel and needs to be replaced. By suggesting that Israel is diplomatically isolated, it will encourage Turkey in actions that would constitute a massive escalation, such as sending new ships under guard from the Turkish navy. That would be incredibly dangerous and very much against Britain's interests.
The evidence emerging suggests four important considerations that should inform a new statement: