• The Rachel Corrie—the Irish-owned, flotilla-affiliated ship that was headed for Gaza—could reach the exclusion zone, where Israel is enforcing the blockade, by this afternoon. Prime Minister Netanyahu vows it will not reach land. [AP/NYT]

• There had been rumors it was turning around due, allegedly, to Israeli “sabotage” to the two ships that were accompanying it. (“See? It’s not hard to do this right.”) [Haaretz]

• Though Israel maintains the blockade’s necessity, it is also considering alternatives that would increase the amount of civilian goods able to reach Gaza. [NYT]

• … Which seems to be all the United States is hoping it does. [JPost]

• … Which seems to be what David Ignatius is hoping the United States does. [WP]

• Yesterday was a day of mourning for thousands of Turkish people; their government continues to talk of a lost friendship. [NYT]

• New York Republicans selected a Nassau County lawyer named Bruce Blakeman, who appears to be Jewish, to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the fall. [NYT]