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Emre translated headlines here.
?Turkey has gradually been losing one of the most significant leverages that it was using in the Arab world,? said Ozcan, the Bilgi University expert.
Where Israel was once fleet and subtle, the flotilla raid is just the latest indication it has become clumsy and noisy.
All things considered, Israeli officials seem relatively happy with the diplomatic support they’ve been getting from the Obama administration, and have taken to the phones to express their appreciation for U.S. help in batting back a Turkish-led bid to censure Israel via the U.N. Security Council.
After ten hours of negotiations, the UN Security Council called on Israel to liberate immediately the aid-flotilla?s ships and activists, while stressing the need for impartial investigations into the events of 31 May. The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) is responsible for the killing of at least ten civilians and the injury of dozens on board the Freedom Flotilla during the attack, launched on the aid convoy in international waters 65km off the Gaza shores. The six ships seized by the Israeli army were aiming to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to the blockaded population of Gaza.
Yesterday, 31 May 2010, the EU high representative Catherine Ashton issued a statement on behalf of the EU on the Israeli military operation against the flotilla heading for Gaza, but seized by the Israeli Defense Forces: