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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan last week.(Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images)

• “I do not think Hamas is a terrorist organization,” said Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. [JPost] Turkey is threatening to totally cut ties. [Laura Rozen]

• Yair Lapid, a top Israeli TV journalist (and likely future politician), slams the government’s PR performance since the flotilla raid. [Ynet]

• The Flotilla Choir. Not … sure if this one works so much. [YouTube]

• Cross-Currents, a top Orthodox blog, responds to Peter Beinart’s essay. [Cross-Currents]

The New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright talks Gaza. [News Desk]

• A new discovery off the coast of Haifa could turn Israel into one of the world’s main natural gas exporters. [JPost]

• Tablet Magazine contributor Diana Bletter writes wistfully of taking Arabic lessons in Haifa the week of the Gaza flotilla. [NYT]

The Wailing Wall plays Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge tonight.





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