- U.S. Navy warships head for eastern Mediterranean
- Israel reaches a crossroads in the Gaza conflict
- Turkey's Erdogan lashes out at U.N. and Israel after being one-upped by Egypt's Morsi
- Britain, with growing anti-European mood, may leave the EU
- Eurogroup finance ministers to meet on Tuesday about Greece
U.S. Navy warships head for eastern MediterraneanThree U.S. Navy amphibious warships are going to the eastern Mediterranean to stand by in case they are needed to help evacuate Americans from Israel. The possibility of an evacuation is considered remote as a contingency. The estimated 2,500 Marines on board will now have their homecoming to America delayed for several days. CNN
Israel reaches a crossroads in the Gaza conflictOn the sixth day of Israel's military operation in Gaza, its air force struck over 80 targets in Gaza, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired 130 rockets into Israel, many of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. At this writing on Monday evening, Israel's cabinet is meeting to discuss what to do next. The major choices are:
- Accept a proposed truce offered by Egyptian negotiators in Cairo. This seems to be unlikely at this stage, as it's unlikely that it would last more than a day.
- Begin a ground invasion of Gaza. This would be a major commitment, resulting in numerous deaths and condemnation from many parts of the world.
- Kick the can down the road by continuing the current military operation.
Turkey's Erdogan lashes out at U.N. and Israel after being one-upped by Egypt's MorsiAlthough Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi and Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are supposed to be jointly working as negotiators to get a truce in the Israel/Gaza conflict, the United Nations has put Erdogan in a secondary role to Morsi. One of the reasons is that Morsi is taking a more statesmanlike approach to the negotiations, and is talking to both Hamas and Israel, while Erdogan has refused to talk to Israel since the latter refused to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens in the May 31, 2010, confrontation between Israel's armed forces and the Gaza "Freedom Flotilla." Erdogan's unwillingness to even talk to Israel has made him a poor choice for negotiator. So Erdogan lashed out at the United Nations on Monday, saying that he doesn't trust the organization because it lacks a Muslim voice. He also lashed out at Israel, saying that it was a "terrorist state." He said that the West ignore the "sufferings of Muslims in Palestine, Syria and Myanmar because of lack of oil." Hurriyet (Ankara) and Bloomberg
Britain, with growing anti-European mood, may leave the EUThe recent bitter negotiations between Britain and negotiators in Brussels is causing increased "Eurosceptism" in Britain. Prime minister David Cameron is threatening to veto spending increases in the EU budget, and there is increased talk, in both Britain and Brussels, of Britain leaving the European Union. However, a British business confederation is warning that leaving the EU would be bad for Britain:
"It is like many relationships: can't live with you, can't live without you. Whatever the popular appeal may be of withdrawal, businessmen and politicians must keep the bridge to Europe firmly in place."Reuters