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Daybreak: Turkey Seeks All Apologies

Plus what’s Mubarak’s deal? and more in the news

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Mubarak last week, in Paris.(Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

• Turkey still wants that apology over the flotilla before it agrees to restore relations. [WSJ]

• A harrowing dispatch from Gaza. [NYT]

• Egyptian President Mubarak’s postponements of meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu has Israeli officials concerned about his reported cancer; there is also one report that the postponements were connected to Israeli actions in East Jerusalem. [Haaretz]

• There have been small clashes between U.N. soldiers and civilians in southern Lebanon recently, as that area grows more restive. [Haaretz]

• The head of the American Jewish World Service calls on international donors to shift focus toward building up earthquake-stricken Haiti’s indigenous governmental infrastructure. [NYT]

• President Obama nominated Jacob J. Lew, an Orthodox Jew, to be budget director, saying he is already in the “Hall of Fame” for his work in that position under President Clinton. [NYT]

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Jason says:

As an Armenian (and Jew), I find it unsettlingly ironic that Turkey is demanding an apology from Israel for the death of less than a dozen activists.

Not only is an apology not forthcoming from Turkey for its genocide of over 1 million of its own Armenian citizens, it doesn’t acknowledge it and actually imprisons Turks who do.

The only good thing to emerge from this entire episode is that Israel (and many Jews elsewhere) have had the wool lifted from their eyes about the nature of Turkey. The country is one of the most anti-Israel and anti-Semitic countries on the planet.

That’s funny; Ethan Bronner wrote in The New York Times on June 11th that visits to Gaza confounded expectations of all-consuming despair:

“GAZA — For some, it’s the relative modernity — the jazzy cellphone stores and pricey restaurants. For others, it’s the endless beaches with children whooping it up. But for nearly everyone who visits Gaza, often with worry of danger and hostility, what’s surprising is the fact that daily life, while troubled, often has the staggering quality of the very ordinary.”

Paul says:

Let us not forget about the Turks suppression of the Kurds and their constant bombing of the PKK. They excuse their attacks on the PKK by stating that they are terrorists, and maybe they are, but when Israel responds to attacks by Hamas, that is what they consider to be attacks on innocent Palestinians, their muslim brothers.

Garry says:

The response to Turkey should be that the so called flotilla incident never happened. It’s just slander made up. That should be easy for them to accept.

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