The Israel-Lebanon clash today along the country's border did not involve Hezbollah, making it relatively controllable. A UN official told the Monitor that UNIFIL – the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon – was able to end today's fighting.
Ireland now joins Britain and Australia in expelling Israeli diplomats over their government's connections to the Dubai assassination plot that killed a Hamas leader in January.
Israel's growing isolation – including the global outcry over the May 31 Gaza flotilla raid – strengthens a pessimistic world view, say analysts. Israelis see international criticism as hyperbole linked to centuries of anti-Jewish persecution – and something that can be ignored.
After a week of intense international criticism for its raid on the Gaza 'Freedom Flotilla,' a senior Israeli official told the Monitor the government may ease the blockade that the MV Rachel Corrie is now drawing fresh attention to.
Hanin Zoabi, who was aboard the Mavi Marmara when it was seized Monday by Israeli commandos, has stepped up as a leading domestic critic of her government's Gaza flotilla raid. Meanwhile, senior statesman Ehud Barak faces calls for his resignation.
Demonstrators gather at Town Hall in Sydney on June 1 to protest against Israel's deadly commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli-controlled village of Ghajar is one of several flashpoints between two neighbors jittery about a fresh war. It may be on the cusp of a solution.
1. NOAM CHOMSKY: On May 16, 2010, the longtime critic of the US and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was denied entry to the Palestinian Territories. He was on his way to give a lecture at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah in the West Bank. The Israeli ministry later said it had misunderstood Mr. Chomsky’s reasons for visiting and assumed he wanted to visit Israel proper as well.