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5:45 PM ET, May 31, 2010

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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
10 Reported Killed as Israel Attacks Boats Headed to Gaza  —  JERUSALEM — The Israeli Navy attacked a flotilla carrying thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people, according to the Israeli military and activists traveling with the flotilla.
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Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
A brutal ambush at sea  —  Ron Ben Yishai recounts bloody clash aboard Gaza-bound vessel: The lacking crowd-dispersal means, the brutal violence of ‘peace activists,’ and the attempt to bring down an IDF helicopter  —  Our Navy commandoes fell right into the hands of the Gaza mission members.
Bradley Burston / Haaretz:
A Special Place in Hell / The Second Gaza War: Israel lost at sea  —  We are no longer defending Israel.  We are now defending the siege, which is itself becoming Israel's Vietnam.  —  A war tells a people terrible truths about itself.  That is why it is so difficult to listen.
IDF Spokesperson's / Israel Defense Force Spokesperson:
Close-Up Footage of Mavi Marmara Passengers Attacking IDF Soldiers, 31 May 2010  —  Video taken by IDF naval boat shows the passengers of the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships in the ‘Free Gaza’ Flotilla, violently attacking IDF soldiers who were trying to board the ship after having sent repeated requests for the boat to change course.
Reuters:
Israeli commandos: Gaza flotilla crew tried to lynch us  —  Israel tows Gaza flotilla to Ashdod after at least 10 activists killed in clashes with navy; IDF says 2 commandos seriously wounded as troops tried to board. … The left-wing activists on board a flotilla carrying aid …
DEBKAFile:
Why was Israeli raider force unprepared for violent resistance?  —  More questions than answers came from the IDF video shots of the violent reception for Israeli naval commandos when they raided the Turkish ship early Monday, May 31 to prevent the pro-Palestinian flotilla from reaching Gaza Port …
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Nice Guys Finish Last  —  To my mind, the most astonishing thing about the flotilla disaster is that the IDF sent its elite naval commandos into a highly charged potential combat situation that was being closely scrutinized by the world media — armed with paintball guns.
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Netanyahu cancels Washington trip (UPDATED)  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled a planned trip to Washington Tuesday and will return home to Israel from Canada today to deal with the diplomatic fallout in the wake of Israeli commandos killing ten people on ships bringing aid to Gaza.
Discussion: FrumForum
Palestinian Media Watch:
Gaza flotilla participants created war atmosphere before confronting Israel  —  Participants chanted Islamic battle cry invoking killing of Jews and called for Martyrdom  —  by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  —  On the day before the Gaza flotilla confronted the Israeli navy …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bloody clash off Gaza coast leaves 10 dead  —  The preferred media headline so far this morning has been “Israelis kill 10 peace activists in Gaza flotilla,” but that's not quite what happened.  The IDF attempted to head off a number of boats attempting to run the blockade on Gaza …
Spectator:   ‘Peace convoy’? This was an Islamist terror ambush
Associated Press:
Gaza Flotilla ATTACKED: Israel Storms Aid Ship, At Least 10 Dead
Discussion: Arabist.net and BBC
John / Power Line:
At Least Ten Killed as “Peace Activists” Attack Soldiers
Discussion: Jerusalem Post
BREITBART.COM:
Israel recoils as US backs nuclear move
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Bookworm Room
mfa.gov.il:
IDF forces met with pre-planned violence when attempting to board flotilla
Aljazeera:
Israel attacks Gaza aid fleet
Haaretz:
UN Security Council to hold emergency session over Gaza flotilla deaths
Discussion: Telegraph and Truthdig
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Videos Of The Raid  —  Another gripping one is here, showing the activists attacking the commandos boarding their ship.  —  A simple point.  The violence by the activists is pretty abhorrent.  These are not followers of Gandhi or MLK Jr. But the violence is not fatal to anyone …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
M.S. / Democracy in America:
How about shutting them all down?  —  SARAH PALIN thinks Barack Obama has taken too “doggone long to get in there”.  James Carville wants Mr Obama to “put somebody in charge of this thing and get this moving.”  Maureen Dowd doinked Mr Obama Saturday with her silly-straw-like wit, faulting his …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Balloon Juice
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Pain Caucus  —  What's the greatest threat to our still-fragile economic recovery?  Dangers abound, of course.  But what I currently find most ominous is the spread of a destructive idea: the view that now, less than a year into a weak recovery from the worst slump since World War II …
Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
BP Prepared for Spill 10 Times Gulf Disaster, Permit Plans Say  —  BP Plc said in permit applications for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that it was prepared to handle an oil spill more than ten times larger than the one now spewing crude into the waters off the southern United States.
Discussion: Reuters and The Mahablog
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Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Will journalists wake up in time to save journalism from Obama's FTC?  —  Release of the Federal Trade Commission's working paper on “reinventing journalism” makes it clear that there is no more time for diplomacy about this issue: Barack Obama is determined to federalize the news industry just as he has banking, autos, and health care.
 
 
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