Israel, the Gaza Strip and America's Role in the Middle East
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Israel is taking a hard line on both its blockade of Gaza and its assault on a so-called "humanitarian" mission at sea. We get the latest on Monday's incident and the pros and cons of the blockade. Also, an update on efforts to contain the oil spill in the Gulf, and the US Supreme Court says suspects will have to speak up to maintain their right to be silent.
Banner image: Gaza aid flotilla activists gesture as they arrive at Ben Gurion Airport before flying back to Turkey today in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
And Then the Saw Got Stuck ()
BP is no longer trying to stop the gusher of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, but today efforts to contain it ran into trouble. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the President's point man on the scene, said that despite a successful initial cut to free the riser pipe, the saw blade had gotten stuck while attempting a second cut. Jeff Ball is environmental editor for the Wall Street Journal.
- Jeffrey Ball: Environment Editor, Wall Street Journal
Israel Faces Flotilla Raid Fallout ()
Israel is issuing no apologies for the botched assault on the flotilla of ships trying to break its blockade of Gaza. The US is walking a familiar line between Israel's need for security and the Palestinians' need for both humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials. Washington is also trying to pacify Turkey, a crucial Middle East ally, which wants Israel punished for the deaths of Turkish citizens on one of the vessels. As Israel releases hundreds of prisoners seized at sea, we hear about conditions in Gaza and debate the legality of the blockade.
- Glenn Kessler: Diplomatic Correspondent, Washington Post, @GlennKesslerWP
- Shmuel Rosner: Columnist, Jerusalem Post, @rosnersdomain
- Sari Bashi: Executive Director, GISHA
- Leslie Gelb: President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
- Amjad Atallah: Director of the Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation
Court Says Speak Up if You Want to Remain Silent ()
Under Chief Justice Earl Warren, the US Supreme Court ruled that police must inform criminal suspects they have "the right to remain silent" until they talk to an attorney. Yesterday, in five-to-four ruling, the John Roberts court said suspects have to speak up and say they want to be silent. Dissenter Sonya Sotomayor said the conservative majority had turned Miranda Rights "upside down." Bruce Fein, Associate Deputy Attorney General during the Reagan Administration, is author of Constitutional Peril: the Life and Death Struggle of Our Constitution and Democracy.
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