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2:00 AM ET, June 1, 2010

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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.”
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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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
DEBKAFile:
Why was Israeli raider force unprepared for violent resistance?
Discussion: CNN
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Raid Jeopardizes Turkey Relations
New York Times:   Israeli Raid Complicates U.S. Ties and Push for Peace
CNN:
World reaction to Israel after raid on aid flotilla mostly negative
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Netanyahu cancels Washington trip (UPDATED)
Discussion: Haaretz and FrumForum
Steve Hynd / Newshoggers.com:
Israel Attacks Humanitarian Flotilla, Many Dead & Injured (Updated)
Reuters:
Israeli commandos: Gaza flotilla crew tried to lynch us
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
10 Reported Killed as Israel Attacks Boats Headed to Gaza
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
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Political Punch:
Officials: Al Qaeda No. 3 Killed
Discussion: Gawker and Weasel Zippers
The Long War Journal:
Top al Qaeda leader Mustafa Abu Yazid confirmed killed in airstrike …
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.”
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