Aid from the Turkish flotilla begins to arrive in Gaza. Turkish and Israeli officials resume high-level contacts. Nick Kristof says the occupation is morally repugnant. Special Envoy Mitchell welcomes the easing of the Gaza blockade. Tensions build in Silwan In occupied East Jerusalem where Palestinian homes are slated for demolition. Israel bombs three sites in Gaza. Power outages in Gaza are down to eight hours a day. Pres. Abbas gives a rare interview to Israeli media, reiterating that he is ready for direct talks if Israel clarifies its positions on borders and security. The IHH claims Gaza flotilla passengers were tortured. Larry Derfner says Israelis are not ready for peace. Ben White says Camp David proves one-on-one negotiations are hopeless and international pressure is required. A Gaza lawyer sues for the right to study in the West Bank. ATFP Pres. Ziad Asali says peace demands courage from both Palestinians and Israelis.

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