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4:35 AM ET, June 1, 2010

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Jonathan Schanzer / Weekly Standard:
The Terror Finance Flotilla  —  The Turkish organizers of the Gaza Strip-bound flotilla that was boarded this morning by Israeli commandos knew well in advance that their vessels would never reach Israeli waters.  That's because the organizers belong to a nonprofit that was banned …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
On the Disappearance of Jewish Wisdom, Far Out at Sea  —  I had breakfast this very unhappy morning in Jerusalem with Daniel Gordis, the author of many wise books, including one I just began reading, “Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End.”
Ian Welsh:
Holy Sweet Lord, Turkey has announced they will send another flotilla to Gaza—escorted by the Turkish Navy!  —  If they actually do this, it is the very definition of throwing down.  —  Wow.  —  Does Israel want a war with Turkey?  They can't win it, short of using nukes …
Discussion: Jay Currie, The Agonist and Firedoglake
George Friedman / STRATFOR:
Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion  —  On Sunday, Israeli naval forces intercepted the ships of a Turkish nongovernmental organization (NGO) delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza.  Israel had demanded that the vessels not go directly to Gaza but instead dock in Israeli ports …
ibnlive.in.com:
Turkey threatens action; Israel on alert  —  New Delhi: Turkey has threatened Israel with unprecedented action after Israeli forces attacked an aid vessel, killing 10 peace activists headed to Gaza.  —  Israel said 10 people died while those on the ship said at least 15 were killed.
Daniel W. Drezner:
Israel's increasingly untenable situation  —  How badly has Israel f**ked up in its response to a flotilla intending to deliver aid to Hamas-controlled Gaza?  Pretty f**king badly.  —  Sure, you can argue that the people on the ships weren't exactly Christ-like in their embrace of nonviolence.
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.
CNN:
U.N. Security Council meets on Israeli raid  —  New York (CNN) — Israel faced condemnation and questions Monday at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting called by Turkey on the Israeli military's storming of a six-ship flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists headed to Gaza with aid supplies.
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Nice Guys Finish Last
Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
A brutal ambush at sea
New York Times:
Israeli Raid Complicates U.S. Ties and Push for Peace
DEBKAFile:
Why was Israeli raider force unprepared for violent resistance?
Discussion: CNN and The Talking Dog
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Raid Jeopardizes Turkey Relations
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Netanyahu cancels Washington trip (UPDATED)
CNN:
World reaction to Israel after raid on aid flotilla mostly negative
Steve Hynd / Newshoggers.com:
Israel Attacks Humanitarian Flotilla, Many Dead & Injured (Updated)
mfa.gov.il:
IDF forces met with pre-planned violence when attempting to board flotilla
Political Punch:
Officials: Al Qaeda No. 3 Killed  —  US officials tell ABC News that al Qaeda's No. 3 — Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid, known as Shaikh Sa'id al-Masri and Mustafa Abu al-Yazid - has been killed.  Al Qaeda released a eulogy of Shaikh Sa'id tonight, officials said.
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in Missile Strike  —  WASHINGTON — The operational leader for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was killed in an American missile strike in Pakistan's tribal areas in the last two weeks, according to a statement the group issued late Monday that American officials believe is correct.
Discussion: HotAirPundit
The Long War Journal:
Top al Qaeda leader Mustafa Abu Yazid confirmed killed in airstrike …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
Financial Times:
Google ditches Windows on security concerns  —  Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.  —  The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January …
John / Power Line:
Phase Two  —  Now that the thugs on board the Mavi Marvara have gotten the violence they wanted and instigated, the second stage of Hamas's operation has begun: protests against Israel around the world.  In Paris, peace activists throw rocks and “rip up gratings to be used as projectiles.”
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Dean's World
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Owners Stop Paying Mortgages, and Stop Fretting  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For Alex Pemberton and Susan Reboyras, foreclosure is becoming a way of life — something they did not want but are in no hurry to get out of.  —  Foreclosure has allowed them to stabilize the family business.
 
 
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