This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- U.S. Navy warships head for eastern Mediterranean
- Israel reaches a crossroads in the Gaza conflict
- Turkey’s Erdogan lashes out at U.N. and Israel after being one-upped by Egypt’s Morsi
- Britain, with growing anti-European mood, may leave the EU
- Eurogroup finance ministers to meet on Tuesday about Greece
U.S. Navy warships head for eastern Mediterranean
Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are going to the easternMediterranean to stand by in case they are needed to help evacuateAmericans from Israel. The possibility of an evacuation is consideredremote as a contingency. The estimated 2,500 Marines on board willnow have their homecoming to America delayed for several days.CNN
Israel reaches a crossroads in the Gaza conflict
On the sixth day of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, its air forcestruck over 80 targets in Gaza, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired130 rockets into Israel, many of which were intercepted by the IronDome missile defense system. At this writing on Monday evening,Israel’s cabinet is meeting to discuss what to do next. The majorchoices are:
- Accept a proposed truce offered by Egyptian negotiators in Cairo. This seems to be unlikely at this stage, as it’s unlikely that it would last more than a day.
- Begin a ground invasion of Gaza. This would be a major commitment, resulting in numerous deaths and condemnation from many parts of the world.
- Kick the can down the road by continuing the current military operation.
Turkey’s Erdogan lashes out at U.N. and Israel after being one-upped by Egypt’s Morsi
Although Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi and Turkey’s prime ministerRecep Tayyip Erdogan are supposed to be jointly working as negotiatorsto get a truce in the Israel/Gaza conflict, the United Nations has putErdogan in a secondary role to Morsi. One of the reasons is thatMorsi is taking a more statesmanlike approach to the negotiations, andis talking to both Hamas and Israel, while Erdogan has refused to talkto Israel since the latter refused to apologize for the deaths of nineTurkish citizens in the May 31, 2010, confrontation between Israel’sarmed forces and the Gaza “Freedom Flotilla.” Erdogan’s unwillingnessto even talk to Israel has made him a poor choice for negotiator. SoErdogan lashed out at the United Nations on Monday, saying that hedoesn’t trust the organization because it lacks a Muslim voice. Healso lashed out at Israel, saying that it was a “terrorist state.” Hesaid that the West ignore the “sufferings of Muslims in Palestine,Syria and Myanmar because of lack of oil.” Hurriyet (Ankara) and Bloomberg
Britain, with growing anti-European mood, may leave the EU
The recent bitter negotiations between Britain and negotiators inBrussels is causing increased “Eurosceptism” in Britain. Primeminister David Cameron is threatening to veto spending increases inthe EU budget, and there is increased talk, in both Britain andBrussels, of Britain leaving the European Union. However, a Britishbusiness confederation is warning that leaving the EU would be bad forBritain:
“It is like many relationships: can’t live with you,can’t live without you. Whatever the popular appeal may be ofwithdrawal, businessmen and politicians must keep the bridge toEurope firmly in place.”
Eurogroup finance ministers to meet on Tuesday about Greece
A meeting on Tuesday of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers todiscuss approving the next bailout payment to Greece is expected togenerate more heat than light. A sharp disagreement between Eurogrouppresident Jean-Claude Jüncker and International Monetary Fund (IMF)chief Christine Lagarde broke out into the public last week, and it’sfar from resolved. Jüncker would like to find a way to give Greeceadditional bailout money and to postpone some of Greece’s austeritycommitments, while Lagarde is insisting the previous agreements behonored. Dow Jones