The political, diplomatic, and humanitarian fallout from the Israeli raid on a Gaza blockade-running aid flotilla is continuing apace. In Washington, the crisis, which resulted in the death of a 19-year-old American, has many debating whether Israel is becoming a strategic liability. Here's what's happening in the rest of the world.
- Four Palestinian Divers Killed ABC News' Simon McGregor-Wood reports, "At least four Palestinian militants dressed in diving gear were killed by the Israeli military today, according to both Israeli and Palestinian security officials. The Israeli military claims the men were preparing an attack on Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources in Gaza claimed the men were members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a radical offshoot of the mainstream Fatah organization which is affiliated with Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the moderate regime that governs the West Bank. The divers were training about 150 yards off shore when they were spotted by a passing and attacked by a Israeli patrol."
- Israel Deports Irish Activists on Blockade-Running Aid Ship The BBC reports, "Five Irish nationals deported from Israel after trying to bring aid supplies to Gaza have arrived back at Dublin airport. ... The deportees include the Nobel peace laureate, Mairead Corrigan Maguire. Speaking at Dublin Airport on Monday Mrs Maguire said the group were disappointed not to make it to their destination. 'Our whole purpose was to break the siege of Gaza and bring humanitarian aid. When we were kidnapped by the Israeli navy and taken to Ashdod we were very sad, for the people that have lost their lives and the people of Gaza. We had lifted their hopes and then they were dashed, but we will be back,' she said."
- Israel Refuses International Inquiry Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren told Fox News Sunday, "We are rejecting the idea of an international commission. ... We are discussing with the Obama administration the way in which our inquiry will take place. ... At the end of the day, Israel has the right, the duty, as a democracy to investigate any military activity." The New York Times' Isabel Kershner writes, "The remarks came after the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, conveyed a proposal to Israel for an international panel to investigate the raid on the ship, which was trying to breach Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza."
- Turkey Rises as Key Middle East Power The Christian Science Monitor's Soli Ozel writes, "From the confrontations with Israel over Gaza to the Iranian nuclear swap proposed recently with Brazil, Turkey has been in the global spotlight lately. ... most of these incidents – including the latest deadly flotilla incident that may have changed the nature of Turkish-Israeli relations forever – stem from structural causes having to do with Turkey’s new vision of itself as a 'center power' in the broader Middle East."
- Arab League Pushes Against Gaza Blockade Ha'aretz reports, "Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa will visit the Gaza Strip next week, the first visit for the organization's chief to the besieged territory, Arab League spokesman Hisham Youssef said Monday. Moussa's visit is part of the Arab League's efforts to break the blockade on the Strip, Youssef said. A 47-member delegation from the Arab Parliament, an organ of the Arab League, went to Gaza on Sunday through Egypt's Rafah border crossing to declare their solidarity with the Palestinian people."