President Obama yesterday.(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

• The efforts of an Israeli anti-flotilla legal group have apparently delayed at least two of the boats, including the American The Audacity of Hope, even as the rest of the flotilla begins to form. [NYT]

• There have also been extensive official Israeli propaganda efforts against the flotilla, including one YouTube video that turned to be a hoax. [WP]

• Ben Smith reports an unquantified trend of President Obama losing the support of some Jewish Democrats. [Politico]

• Egypt is woefully underprepared for the elections still scheduled for September, leading to fears the vote will be discredited and/or heavily favor the better organized Muslim Brotherhood. [WP]

• Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad acknowledged that U.N. recognition of statehood would be purely symbolic. [AP/Haaretz]

• In Gaza, the desert blooms on the sites of abandoned settlements. [NYT]