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Turkey: No new state energy or water projects with Israel until relations improve (Haaretz)
UN ambassadors from Islamic countries condemn IDF raid on Gaza flotilla, call for UN probe (AP)
Donors pledge $1b for Palestinian economy (TheMarker)
Irish aid ship bound for Gaza pulled back to port (DPA)
Interior Minister Yishai petitions AG to revoke Israeli Arab MK's citizenship (Haaretz)
Netanyahu succumbs to U.S. pressure, may ease Gaza siege (Haaretz)
Ex-U.S. National Security adviser: Gaza flotilla was a trap for Israel (Haaretz)
Nasrallah: Flotilla is example of unity among peace seekers against Gaza siege (Haaretz)
Israeli officials pointed to links between the leading political party and IHH, the organisation which owned the Mavi Marmara, the flagship of the aid flotilla on which commandos shot nine Turkish activists dead, and which Israel has linked to al-Qaeda.
Avigdor Lieberman, foreign minister, said that Turkey was "simply of no interest" and that Turkey may once have been a friend of Israel but "internal changes in Turkish society" had caused the split, as they had between Israel and Iran in 1979.
An Irish aid boat was on course to dock in Gaza at the weekend, activists said Thursday -- and called on the UN to help ensure its safe passage after deadly Israeli raids stopped a flotilla this week.
Report: Israel sabotages two media boats set to accompany 'Rachel Corrie' ship (Army Radio)
Report: MV Rachel Corrie to return to Ireland due to Israeli 'sabotage' (Army Radio)
11:05am Minister Hussein al-Hajj Hassan: Israel wants war and its only hope is to destroy the resistance.
The sources said Israeli Mossad secret services were instructed to carry out a swift operation to "liquidate" him, but added that the presence of a large number of children in the building on that day prevented such an attack.
The second time, the sources added, was when Nasrallah made a quick visit to Damascus in February for talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
They said Mossad at the time, pinpointed Nasrallah's activity but he managed to get away with murder after crossing into Syrian territory.
Ahmadinejad: Dismantle Zionist regime over 'barbaric' Gaza flotilla raid (AP)
Turkish prosecutor explores case against Israeli officials in wake of Gaza flotilla raid (DPA)
Report: Turkey PM Erdogan mulls breaking Gaza blockade himself (Army Radio)
New Zealand protestors rally outside U.S. consulate in to protest Gaza blockade (DPA)
IDF: We have sighted the 'Rachel Corrie' and have radioed it to identify itself (Reuters)
Report: Rachel Corrie aid ship closing in on Gaza shore (Haaretz)
Free Gaza activists say IDF ships intercept aid ship en route to the Strip (Reuters)
Activists aboard 'Rachel Corrie' say not been boarded by Israel navy, just shadowed (Reuters)
White Houses urges Gaza-bound boat Rachel Corrie to sail for Ashdod, avoid confrontation (Reuters)
White House: Israel blockade of Gaza unsustainable (Reuters)
Nasrallah describes Israel as a 'state of terror' (DPA)
Kurds say small unit of Iranian troops entered Iraq (Reuters)
Irish FM: We demand Israel demonstrate restraint when intercepting Rachel Corrie ship (Haaretz)
Nasrallah: Many more flotillas will be organized to break the Gaza siege (Haaretz)
Turkish PM Erdogan to Israel: Thou shalt not kill (Reuters)
Cyprus, Greece look into boosting aid to Gaza (AP)
Thousands of Egyptians protest Israel's Gaza blockade (Reuters)
Lieberman: No chance 'Rachel Corrie' ship will reach the coast of Gaza (Reuters)
Foreign Ministry to 'Rachel Corrie' ship: We don't want a confrontation (Haaretz)
Activists briefly occupy Israeli firm in Greece to protest Gaza flotilla raid (AP)
Norway military cancels seminar due to inclusion of IDF officer in program (AP)
Russia warns against rushing Iran sanctions vote (Reuters)
Ehud Barak discusses Gaza aid flotilla with Cyprus foreign affairs minister (Ch.10)
Police confiscate Israel identity cards of 4 Hamas officials (Haaretz)
Ahmadinejad: Israel's final collapse is imminent (DPA)
Tzipi Livni: The blockade of Gaza must continue (Ch.10)
Over 5,000 gather for anti-Israel protest outside the U.S. embassy in Malaysia (AP)
American hurt in 2003 Hamas bombing dies of wounds (AP)
Nearly 1,000 demonstrate in solidarity with Flotilla activists near Highway 443 (Army Radio)
9:30am MP Oqab Sakr to VDL: Coordination with Syria is a necessity and Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s trips to Syria are not aimed at getting its blessing. We can pressure Israel through the Arab Peace Initiative.
An international children's rights charity has said it has evidence that Palestinian children held in Israeli custody have been subjected to sexual abuse in an effort to extract confessions from them.
The Geneva-based Defence for Children International (DCI) has collected 100 sworn affadavits from Palestinian children who said they were mistreated by their Israeli captors.
Fourteen of the statements say they were sexually abused or threatened with sexual assault to pressure them into confessions.
DCI officials say that when they complain to the Israeli military about the treatment of the children, their allegations are dismissed as untrue.
Now the organisation has submitted its evidence to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture to try and increase pressure on Israel to stamp out the alleged abuse.
One of most important newspapers in Turkey says intelligence services looking into suspicions that bombing on same day of deadly Navy raid was 'message to Ankara'
State comptroller may probe Israel's actions during Gaza flotilla raid (Haaretz)
Report: Barak to agree to creation of investigatory committee on flotilla raid (Army Radio)
Foreign Ministry officials: Israel will not apologize to Turkey for Gaza flotilla raid (Haaretz)
Eight of 19 passengers of Rachel Corrie ship agree to deportation (Ch. 10)
Jewish groups in Europe plan to send ship to Gaza (Haaretz)
Leftist activist Uri Avnery: I was attacked by rightists during Tel Aviv protest (Army Radio)
IDF prepares for additional boat to attempt to break Gaza blockade (Army Radio)
Hamas rejects proposal opening border in exchange for Red Cross Shalit visit (Israel Radio)
Welfare minister: Time has come to do away with Gaza blockade (Haaretz)
Report: Iran brings advanced technology to Natanz enrichment plant (Army Radio)
Kadima MK: Not investigating flotilla incident will lead to another Goldstone (Ch.10)
Netanyahu rejects UN proposal for joint U.S., Israel, Turkey probe (Haaretz)
Iran's Revolutionary Guards are willing to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, a spokesman for Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying Sunday. The news was carried by Reuters, quoting Iranian news agency Mehr.
"Iran's navy forces are ready to escort the peace flotilla to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities," announced Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's representative inside the Revolutionary Guards.
"This is just an attempt to relieve the pressure... and to continue the siege of Gaza," he added.
"We demand the complete lifting of the Gaza siege so that all goods are allowed in and there is total freedom of movement without any interference from the Zionist enemy," he said.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday criticized separate U.S. and European sanctions against Iran, telling a newspaper that the big powers should "act collectively" and not unilaterally.
The new EU measures also target the Islamic Republic's transportation, banking and insurance sectors and slaps new visa bans and asset freezes on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
U.S. lawmakers slammed "disgraceful" Turkey on Wednesday over its ties to Iran and charged Ankara had the "blood" of nine Turks killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship on its hands.
"There will be a cost if Turkey stays on its present heading of growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the state of Israel," warned Representative Mike Pence, the number three House Republican.
Iran says ready to start conditional nuclear talks (Reuters)
IHH chief: The next flotilla will be bigger than previous one (Ch. 10)
Israel adds Turkish organizers of Gaza flotilla IHH to terrorist watch list (Ch. 1)
German Jews who want to send aid ship to Gaza say they don't intend to betray Jewish people (DPA)
Syria's Assad: No chance of peace with Israel after Gaza flotilla raid (Ch. 10)
Report: Iran to fly plane with humanitarian aid for Gaza into Egypt (Ch. 10)
Turkey: Tensions with Israel could last another 10 or 15 years (Haaretz)
Israeli ministers vote to ease Gaza blockade (Haaretz)
Barak: Lebanon must make sure Gaza aid flotilla carries no weapons (Haaretz)
IDF personnel chief: People's army will collapse if Haredis don't enlist (Ch. 10)
He said the incident had "proved that [the Israeli] government is another pyromaniac government, and you cannot achieve peace with such [a] government."
Assad added that even before the raid, Syria did not see the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a partner for peace.
"There are no limitations in the treaty that affect our plans for developing missile defense," said Patrick O'Reilly, Reuters reported,
A senior Israeli military official has warned the Beirut government against allowing an aid ship to depart Lebanon for the besieged Gaza Strip.
"I say clearly to the government of Lebanon: You are responsible for the sea vessels leaving your ports with a clear and known intention of trying to break the naval blockade on Gaza,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday.
The warning came days after a group of female Lebanese activists announced a plan to send an aid ship loaded with medical supplies to Gaza.
Israel said that its navy would not allow the boat to reach Gaza.
The Lebanese and Egyptian premiers have condemned a new Israeli threat against Beirut, saying it "might have dire consequences” for Tel Aviv.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Nazif took the stance after Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned the Beirut government against allowing an aid ship to depart Lebanon for the besieged Gaza Strip.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assured Turkish leaders whom he met in Istanbul Tuesday, Jan. 8 that the vessels due to enter the disputed waters within days will not shrink from a head-on clash with Israel's Navy and Air Force exclusion forces. "We'll breach the Gaza blockade," the Iranian president vowed.
The Iranian Red Crescent vessels will carry "volunteer marines" of the Revolutionary Guards "who will teach the Israelis a lesson."
Iran's Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani warned the West and certain countries with retaliation if they try to inspect Iranian planes and ships following last week's UN Security Council sanctions resolution against Tehran, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Wednesday.
"I am warning the U.S. and certain adventurous countries that in case they plan to inspect the cargo of Iranian ships and planes, they should rest assured that we will do the same in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman (with their ships)," Larijani was quoted as saying.
Gates made the comment when asked by Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss if he supported deploying improved missile defenses, including plans for an upgraded SM-3 missile by 2020, even if Russia objected.
Gates said he backed the 10-year plan, despite possible resistance from Moscow, saying the new missile defenses "would give us the ability to protect our troops, our bases, our facilities and our allies in Europe."
Rival Lebanese politicians on Thursday postponed until June 19 talks on a national defence strategy that would incorporate the arms of Hezbollah, the government said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a meeting of Likud ministers on Sunday that he supports easing the three-year blockade Israel has imposed on the Gaza Strip, but that he would not approve the lifting of the naval blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory.
Three days after the U.N. Security Council imposed new U.S.-led sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, Tehran signed a $7 billion natural gas pipeline deal with U.S. ally Pakistan in defiance of Western efforts to bring its economy to its knees.
Iran is also gearing up to make a move to participate in the giant $11 billion Nabucco gas pipeline project to pump Central Asian gas to Europe via the Islamic republic's new found friend Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member.
If Iran succeeds in joining Nabucco, that would be a big setback for Russia, which backed the sanctions. Moscow fervently opposes the plan to pump up to 31 billion cubic meters of gas a year to Europe, which currently is heavily dependent on Russia for its energy.
More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.
Iran says a United Nations Security Council resolution enacting sanctions for its nuclear activities is null and void, and illegal under the U.N.'s own charter.
Russia wants the ruble to be one of the world’s reserve currencies as President Dmitry Medvedev renews his push to reduce the dollar’s dominance and make Moscow a global financial hub.
Officers of Hizballah's Iranian-trained marine arm and surface rocket units were sighted Saturday, June 19, going in an out of the small Lebanese Navy's bases in Beirut and Juniya. debkafile's intelligence sources report the Lebanese army and Hizballah are pooling their military resources to be ready for any Israeli action against Lebanese ships heading for Gaza.
Speaking to Jerusalem Post on Friday, Commander General of UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Alberto Asarta Cuevas rejected the allegation, saying there was no evidence of long-range missiles in the area.
"We have not found evidence of any new military infrastructure in this area," he said.
The confirmation comes as earlier last month, the UNIFIL commander reaffirmed that the UN peacekeepers had found no long-rage artillery such as Scud missiles in southern Lebanon.
“Majorities in many Western and some Muslim countries are willing to consider military action against Iran to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, a global poll showed on Thursday,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald today. “The Pew Research Center’s poll conducted in 22 countries found majorities or pluralities in 16 countries endorsing the possibility of military intervention.”
A new organisation is actively recruiting scores of non-Israeli Jews, many of them American, to serve in the Israeli army as it faces threats on multiple fronts in a region largely hostile towards it.
Israel Defense Min. Barak leaves for the U.S. to meet with top Washington officials
EU considering funding Israeli military research project (Haaretz)
Report: Diplomatic source claims Lebanon must impose sanctions on Iran (Haaretz)
U.S. Defense Secretary Gates sees 'real potential' in Iran economic sanctions (Reuters)
Obama to host Netanyahu at the White House on July 6 (Haaretz)
Rahm Emanuel: Netanyahu is the type of leader that is willing to take large risks for peace (Ch. 10)
MK Hasson: By easing Gaza siege, Netanyahu is giving into terror (Haaretz)
The Israel Navy continued Sunday to maintain a high level of alert ahead of the possibility that two ships will set sail from Lebanon and try to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade on the Gaza Strip.
According to military source, the IDF was closely following events in Lebanon to see when and if the two ships will set sail for the Gaza Strip. Israel is particularly concerned with the Lebanese flotilla due to the short distance between the countries. The ships will reportedly carry women and medical supplies.
Palestinian opposition factions, Hizbullah officials and a delegation of Iranians, will soon meet in Damascus, the Kuwaiti Al-Anba daily newspaper reported on Monday.
The meeting, according to the anonymous source quoted in the paper, will take place in late June, under official Syrian patronage, in an effort to activate resistance in the region in light of an expected Israeli offensive against Iran or against Hizbullah in Lebanon.
President Barack Obama ordered all US missile interceptors in the Middle East to go on war alert in the second week of June, including batteries aboard US Sixth Fleet vessels on the Mediterranean and the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to meet with U.S. President Obama on June 29 (Haaretz)
Netanyahu: Security blockade on Gaza will only get stronger (Haaretz)
Report: Iran bars 2 IAEA inspectors from entering country (Reuters)
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has ordered a massive buildup of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf starting with Carrier Strike Group 10, headed by the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. Just last Friday an armada of more than 12 U.S. and Israeli warships passed through the Suez canal amid extreme security provided by Egypt. The ships are headed for the Red Sea and from there to the Persian Gulf. Another four U.S. warships will be making their way to the region to join the Strike Group. The Americans have also conducted joint air and naval strike practices with France and the U.K. under the command of American forces, while Germany is sending warships to the area, also under the command of American forces.
Both Israel and the U.S. have positioned nuclear-armed submarines in the region. Israel has conducted multiple tests on its missile defense systems to protect its citizens once war breaks out. U.S. and Israeli Special Forces have been deployed inside Iran to investigate potential targets and gauge the willingness of Iranians to overthrow the current regime. Russia--up to now a key backer of the regime--recently announced a freeze in sales of its S-300 missiles to Iran. Vladimir Putin confirmed this himself last week.
Iran, for its part, is also preparing for an all-out war in the Middle East. Before even a vote was cast at the U.N. on recent sanctions, Iranian leaders had ordered the Guards to build up. Reinforcement troops have been dispatched to the Iraqi and Afghanistan borders. Hezbollah has been armed to the teeth, and Syria was presented with missiles carrying larger payloads and longer range.
Reza Kahliliis a pseudonym for an ex-CIA spy who requires anonymity for safety reasons. A Time to Betray,his book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards, was published by Simon & Schuster last April.
U.S. asks Israel for clarifications over plan to demolish East Jerusalem homes (Haaretz)
U.S. lawmakers reach deal on new round of Iran sanctions (AP)
Barak: Lebanon will be held accountable for blockade-busting flotillas it sends to Gaza (AP)
Barak urges UN to shelve plan to probe Gaza flotilla raid (Reuters)
Israeli exports shrank 4.5% in April and May (TheMarker)
One of two boats, the "Naji al-Ali," on Monday received Lebanon's green light to depart for Cyprus on the first leg of the trip to Gaza. It is currently docked in the northern port of Tripoli.
A second ship, the "Mariam", also plans to carry aid to Gaza in another attempt to break the four-year siege of Gaza with some 50 women activists on board, including 30 Lebanese.
The "Mariam" has not yet been given Lebanese clearance to sail.
A week ago, Israel leaked to the press that they had permission from Saudi Arabia to use their air space to attack Iran. The Saudi’s quickly denied this. The effort on Israel’s part was a ruse to cover their real plans, to attack from the Republic of Georgia, close to Iran’s northern border. However, the breakdown in relations with Turkey after miscalculating the response to their Flotilla raid on a Turkish ship in international waters may have ended this operation.