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Obama Brokers Apology From Israel to Turkey

Netanyahu admits 'mistakes' in fatal flotilla attack

(Newser) - President Obama today pulled a diplomatic victory out of his 3-day trip to Israel by brokering a detente between Israel and Turkey, Reuters reports. As Obama ended the visit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan and apologized for "mistakes" made during the flotilla incident that... More »

Israeli Probe: Deadly Flotilla Raid Was Justified

Nearly 300-page report says raid was legal under international law

(Newser) - A commission created by the Israeli government has cleared the Israeli military and government of any wrongdoing in last year's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of relief supplies that killed 8 Turkish citizens and a Turkish-American. The nearly 300-page report was based on the testimony of Israeli government and military... More »

UN Report: Israel 'Executed' Yank Activist on Flotilla

Teen Furkan Dogan was shot 'point blank in the face as he lay on the deck'

(Newser) - The killing of an American activist on board a blockade-running aid flotilla amounted to an "execution" by Israeli forces, a UN committee has found. Furkan Dogan, 19, was shot point blank in the face as he lay on the deck "conscious or semi-conscious for some time" due to... More »

UN Slams Israel's 'Brutal, Illegal' Flotilla Raid

Raid 'betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality'

(Newser) - A United Nations-appointed panel has strongly condemned the deadly Israeli raid on a flotilla of ships trying to break the Gaza blockade. The raid, which left nine activists dead, "betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality," the UN Human Rights Council's fact-finding mission concluded. The panel found that there... More »

Israel Admits Fatal Blockade 'Mistakes'

But praises 'professional and courageous' commandos

(Newser) - Israel's own inquiry into the May 31 Gaza flotilla raid has admitted commandos were under-prepared and mistakes were made at a senior level, but stopped short of calling the mission a failure or recommending any dismissals in response to the raid. The report criticized the operation's planners for not having... More »

Turkey Threatens to Cut Ties With Israel

Says it must apologize for flotilla raid or face consequences

(Newser) - Turkey will cut diplomatic ties with Israel unless it apologizes for the flotilla raid that killed 9 Turks or accepts an international probe into the deaths, said the country's foreign minister. The statement was the most explicit to date from a high-level Turkish official about the conditions for improving strained... More »

Palin Slams Obama for Selling Out Israel

Accuses him of 'bowing and kowtowing and apologizing'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin attacked Barack Obama’s foreign policy yesterday, declaring, in a speech before a crowd of talk radio fans in Norfolk, that the president had sold out Israel in the wake of the Gaza aid flotilla attack. “Do they think, really, that we’re getting anything in return... More »

Israeli Plane Blocked From Turkish Airspace

Military officers en route to Auschwitz memorial forced to make detour

(Newser) - Turkey has closed its airspace to Israeli military flights following the deadly May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, Turkish officials said today. The announcement came after an Israeli newspaper reported yesterday that a plane carrying Israeli military officers to a tour of memorial sites in Auschwitz, Poland, had... More »

Israel Eases Gaza Blockade

Ban on weapons remains in force

(Newser) - Israel will allow goods to enter Gaza by land but will continue to ban the importation of weapons and will maintain its naval blockade on the area, CNN reports . Rather than listing what's allowed in , Israel will permit everything other than " weapons and material that Hamas uses to prepare... More »

Israel to Ease Gaza Blockade

Tony Blair brokers a deal

(Newser) - Israel is expected to agree to a deal brokered by Tony Blair to loosen up its much-reviled Gaza blockade today. Under the plan, Israel will create a list of prohibited goods, rather than a narrow list of approved goods that can pass its blockade, and that prohibited list won’t... More »

Israel Relents, Allows Potato Chips Into Gaza

Palestinians are underwhelmed by the gesture on snacks

(Newser) - Israel has released a revised list of goods it will allow into Gaza, one immediately denounced by Palestinians as a joke. Cement, for instance, is still a no-no, but potato chips, soft drinks, and jam are OK, reports Reuters . "They will send the first course. We are waiting for... More »

Israel Sends Out Video Mocking Gaza Aid Flotilla

Then immediately apologizes, says it's not official

(Newser) - The Israeli government circulated, and then immediately apologized for, a video mocking the activists aboard the Gaza aid flotilla this weekend. A spoof of "We Are the World" titled “We Con the World,” the video shows people dressed in vaguely Arab garb singing lyrics like, “We... More »

Iran to Gaza Aid Ships: We'll Escort You

Khamenei's offer will obviously not go over well in Israel

(Newser) - If aid ships want to try breaking Israel's naval blockade on Gaza again, they'll have the full force and military escort of Iran's Revolutionary Guard to do it, a spokesman for the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said today. "Iran's Revolutionary Guards naval forces are fully prepared to escort the... More »

10 Best Fake Twitter Feeds

You don't have to be the real McCoy to be hilarious

(Newser) - If only @BPGlobalPR were the real deal: The spoof account is far more entertaining than BP's actual one (find a clear demonstration of that here ). Time's Newsfeed shares 9 more spectacular, satirical Twitter feeds, with sample tweets:
  1. @FakeAP Stylebook : "'horrible tragedy'—use this phrasing to differentiate the described
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Israel Releases Full Audio of Warning to Flotilla

IDF was criticized for earlier edited version

(Newser) - Israel today released a 6-minute audio clip of one of its Navy warships trying to establish communication with the Mavi Marmara before the deadly raid. The navy had released a much shorter version earlier, but critics accused it of a slanted selection of clips and even of outright doctoring. (A... More »

Israelis Seize Gaza-Bound Irish Aid Ship

Forces encounter no resistance from activists

(Newser) - Israeli forces seized a Gaza-bound aid vessel without meeting resistance yesterday, preventing it from breaking an Israeli maritime blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory days after a similar effort turned bloody. The military said its forces boarded the 1,200-ton Rachel Corrie from the sea, not helicopters. Army spokeswoman Lt. Col.... More »

Israel Is Just Doing What John F. Kennedy Did

It's protecting itself with a naval blockade; sound familiar?

(Newser) - Charles Krauthammer comes to a rousing defense of Israel's flotilla raid, suggesting that the world wants to rid itself of Jews by depriving them of "any legitimate form of self-defense." Anyone remember the Cuban missile crisis? "Israel is accused of international criminality for doing precisely what John... More »

Stewart Catches Beck in Lie

Only Fox will show you this Gaza footage everyone showed you

(Newser) - Oh, that pesky Daily Show and its fact checkers. Glenn Beck worked himself into a good lather the other day, calling out the media for suppressing footage of activists from the Gaza aid flotilla attacking Israeli soldiers with clubs. “That video, you'll be hard-pressed to see it here in... More »

Netanyahu: I'm Willing to Loosen Blockade

Humanitarian aid would be allowed after weapons checks

(Newser) - Just ahead of another potential clash, Israel seems ready to budge at least a little on its Gaza blockade. Benjamin Netanyahu says he's willing to allow ships to deliver humanitarian aid if they are checked for weapons first, reports the Jerusalem Post . Other media outlets, including Haaretz and the Wall ... More »

Irish Aid Ship Braces for Showdown With Israel

Stocks up on cameras to beam out satellite images

(Newser) - An Irish aid ship bound for Gaza has changed course and headed for port so it can stock up on video cameras and satellite transmission equipment before its inevitable confrontation with the Israeli Navy, a Free Gaza activist tells CNN . They're hoping that Israeli soldiers will behave if they know... More »

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