Israeli state comptroller’s report sharply criticizes government handling of the Mavi Marmara raid

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The Jerusalem Post updates Israel’s efforts to block the PA’s bid to list the Church of the Nativity as a World Heritage site:

An Israeli official said that the Church was worthy of inclusion on the World Heritage List, but that the PA had politicized the cultural and historical issues at play.

After the Palestine Monetary Authority chief said the PA had reached its limit on borrowing from banks, the Minister of Economy told Maan News that the PA can continue borrowing to cover public sector salaries.

Iranian Atomic Urgency

Daniel Schwammenthal (Wall St. Journal) weighs in on the Iranian nuclear talks.

Reuters: Iranian oil exports have dropped 40 percent since the start of the year.

. . . preliminary indications suggested exports – the lifeblood of Iran’s economy – fell to 1.5 million barrels per day in April-May from 2.5 million at end 2011.

Arab Spring Winter

Speculating on Hosni Mubarak’s health used to land people in jail. But now, it’s political fodder. The NY Times explains:

And in the same way news of his deteriorating health was once withheld to protect his image — Egyptians chided his self-regard as pharaoh-like — many people here assume the military-led government is doling out sympathetic details in order to manipulate public opinion. The ruling generals, many assert, are laying the groundwork for Mr. Mubarak to be transferred from a prison hospital to the relative comfort of a military hospital, or perhaps trying to build sympathy for the longtime autocrat to diminish opposition to his former prime minister, Mr. Shafik.

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