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New from Glenn Greenwald: What does Israel fear from media coverage? He also (you can watch) out-debated MSNBC guest host/Israel apologist Eliot Spitzer late this afternoon….Rep. Anthony Weiner in usual over-the-top defense. ….
U.S. backs inquiry — but, naturally, by Israel, not outsiders….. American Prospect with good backgrounder on Gaza blockade…..George Packer at New Yorker: Israel’s government bent on isolation and self-destruction, though he considers incident more a "blunder" than a "crime." Helen Thomas rails at White House over handling, see video. GOP leader Eric Cantor calls on Obama to stand up more strongly FOR Israel. Reporters Without Borders calls on Israel to release 15 journos it has seized.
Earlier, ABC’s Jake Tapper reports this morning that White House offiical tells him Obama will "stand with Israel" because Israel can only make peace "if it feels secure." In revealing quote, U.S. official tells Politico‘s Ben Smith re: Israel: "We’re the only ones who believes them." Sarah Palin advises: Don’t listen to "mainstream media" on Israel (even though they rarely criticize Israel, in USA anyway). UN condemnation today weakened by U.S. pressure….
Haaretz editorial: "The decision makers’ negligence is threatening the security of Israelis, and Israel’s global status. Someone must be held responsible for this disgraceful failure."
OIL DO IT IN A HEARTBEAT Eric Holder announces civil and criminal probes of oil leak….. From Twitter feed of faux @BPGlobalPR commenting on DOJ criminal probe: "If we’re being accused of being criminals, we want to be tried by a jury of our peers– wealthy execs who don’t give a damn." BP shares plummet, it loses $17 billion in value today. Mike Madden tweets: "Maybe we could get a squad of Israeli commandos to stop the oil spill. Just tell them the oil is aid for Gaza."