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June 14, 2010
Israelis Agree with Netanyahu on Stopping Flotilla - David Pollock (Foreign Policy)
Egypt Blocks Activists' Entry into Gaza (AFP)
Germany Seeks Extradition of Israeli in Passport Probe - Tobias Buck (Financial Times-UK)
Gadaffi to Pay £2Bn to Victims of IRA Bombs - Liam Clarke (Times-UK)
YouTube Removes "We Con the World" Video after Clip Gets 3 Million Views - Noah Rayman (Jerusalem Post)
News Resources - North America, Europe, and Asia:
The U.S. on Sunday welcomed Israel's decision to begin an internal investigation into the events surrounding the raid on the Gaza convoy. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the proposal for the probe "an important step forward" and said Israel was capable of conducting a fair investigation into the flotilla raid. "But we will not prejudge the process or its outcome, and will await the conduct and findings of the investigation before drawing further conclusions," a statement said. (Reuters)
See also Israel Announces Gaza Flotilla Probe - Barak Ravid
The Israeli cabinet is set to approve Monday the establishment of an independent public commission to examine the events around the takeover of the Gaza flotilla. The commission is to be headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Jacob Turkel. Professor of international law and Israel Prize laureate Shabtai Rosen, and Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Horev, former president of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, will also participate. Two foreign observers will take part in the commission's deliberations: Nobel Peace Prize laureate William David Trimble of Ireland, and Ken Watkin, former military judge advocate general from Canada.
The commission will deal with the legality of the navy's actions and whether it conforms to international law. The commission will also examine the Turkish position and actions taken by the flotilla's organizers, especially the Turkish group IHH. (Ha'aretz)
See also The Appointment of an Independent Public Commission (Prime Minister's Office)
See also Lord Trimble to Observe on Israeli Inquiry into Flotilla Attack - Donald Macintyre
Lord Trimble, the former leader of the Ulster Unionists, is to be a foreign observer on an official Israeli inquiry into the Gaza flotilla raid. Trimble has in the past defended the decision by Israel and the international community not to talk to Hamas, arguing that comparisons between the Islamic faction and Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland are misplaced. (Independent-UK)
Hamas rejected Friday an Israeli demand to allow representatives of the International Red Cross to visit kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The deputy chief of the Hamas politburo, Mousa Abu Marzouk, said in a statement that the group will not allow visitors because that would compromise the secrecy of his hiding place. Shalit has been in Palestinian captivity since he was captured in a 2006 cross-border raid. (Arab News-Saudi Arabia)
In a June 7, 2010, article in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Watan, columnist Nabil al-Fadl wrote: "The photos of the Israeli soldiers bleeding after being attacked by the passengers of the Mavi Marmara, published yesterday in the [Kuwaiti] daily Al-Anba, prove that the Israeli soldiers were justified in shooting [their attackers]. Clearly, the assault on the soldiers...occurred before they opened fire, and proves that the passengers on board the Marmara were not civilians [trying to] help their brothers in Gaza, as has been claimed." (MEMRI)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
PA leader Mahmoud Abbas told President Obama on Wednesday that he is opposed to lifting the naval blockade of Gaza because this would bolster Hamas. Abbas told Obama that easing the blockage should be done with care and undertaken gradually so as not to be construed as a victory for Hamas. European diplomats said Egypt also opposes lifting the blockade. (Ha'aretz)
At the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "The principle guiding our policy is clear - to prevent the entry of war materiel from entering Gaza and to allow the entry of humanitarian aid and non-contraband goods into Gaza." (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
See also Hamas' Grip on Gaza Loosening Under Embargo - Herb Keinon
With EU foreign ministers scheduled to meet in Brussels Monday to discuss how to ease the Israeli blockade of Gaza, Israel is trying to convince key players in the EU that the blockade is working, and that Hamas is facing serious financial difficulties and losing popularity. Senior diplomatic officials said Hamas is in trouble politically, economically and in terms of popularity, that the blockade is working, and that this is not the time to lift it.
One European diplomat said European leaders were under a great deal of pressure from their own public opinion to act. "You have to remember that nationals from 12 European countries were on the flotilla, and the leaders are under strong pressure from their constituents." (Jerusalem Post)
One Israeli policeman was killed and three others were injured Monday as Palestinians opened fire at a police car near Beit Hagai, south of Hebron, in the West Bank. Yehuda Glick, spokesperson for the nearby community of Otniel, noted that the area's Dahariya roadblock was opened only three weeks ago. (Ynet News)
Four Border Guard officers were injured Friday after being run over by a Palestinian driving a pickup truck in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz. The assailant attempted to escape and was shot after failing to obey a call to stop. Police suspect the incident was nationalistically motivated. Cpl. Shai Hazan, one of those injured in the incident, said from his hospital bed: "We were walking single-file towards the exit from Wadi Joz, and we saw a Toyota pickup truck slowly approaching us. He suddenly stepped on the gas and sped up his car....He rammed into us, I was tossed in the air from the force of the blow." (Ynet News)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
On Wednesday PA president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the Washington press corps and the president of the United States, and blatantly twisted the truth. Nobody called him on it. Abbas said, "And I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we're not doing that." Yet according to Palestinian Media Watch, which monitors the PA's television channel and its newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, the amount of incitement to hatred and violence that was published, broadcast, or encouraged by the PA during the months of May and June alone is breathtaking.
One can view a clip from PA TV which features zombie-eyed girls of about eight years of age, singing: "I want to carry a machine gun and a rifle." But none of the reporters used their question time to challenge Abbas. (Telegraph-UK)
Wednesday's UN Security Council resolution sanctioning Iran marks a critical turning point in the U.S.-led efforts to target Iran's illicit activities. The resolution focuses on Iran's nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programs; the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is responsible for these programs as well as the regime's support for terrorism; and the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, which has been directly involved in proliferation shipments.
Though the lists of sanctioned entities are very precise, U.S. and other negotiators made sure that general "hooks" upon which additional actions could be "hung" were peppered throughout the body of the resolution. These will provide the U.S. and other states and multilateral bodies with the international imprimatur for further action. The writer, a senior fellow and director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2005 to 2007. (Foreign Policy)
Why do people and organizations that present themselves as progressive team up with reactionary Muslims? The Free Gaza group is just such an alliance. Gaza is already free; Israel withdrew five years ago. And there is also no need for any humanitarian aid. Well over a million tons of humanitarian supplies entered Gaza from Israel over the last 18 months, equaling nearly a ton of aid for every man, woman and child in Gaza. Life expectancy at birth in Gaza is 74 years, higher than in Turkey, Gaza's new protector.
But Gaza's population voted in democratic elections to be ruled by a party whose hatred of Jews is the cornerstone of its existence. The fact that Gaza is completely "judenrein" isn't enough for Hamas. It wants Israel to be "judenrein" too. The progressives don't care for any other group of poor or suppressed Muslims. They only cry for the "victims" of the Jews. Why is that so? (Wall Street Journal)
The Flotilla Debate Is Surreal - Joel Brinkley (San Francisco Chronicle)
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