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Fallout from the Israeli raid continued. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced his country was breaking diplomatic relations with Israel, and British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Israel to lift the Gaza blockade, calling the raid “completely unacceptable.”

Pope Benedict XVI urged both sides to resolve the problem with dialogue, not violence, telling pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that he was worried the raid would have “dramatic consequences and generate more violence.”

And on the horizon, another ship controversy was brewing. Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen appealed to Israel to let a private Irish ship deliver its aid cargo to Gaza but admitted Wednesday that Israel probably would block the ship because part of the cargo was concrete.

The 1,200-ton ship Rachel Corrie is carrying wheelchairs, medical supplies and concrete. It was named after an American college student crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer while protesting house demolitions in Gaza. The ship was supposed to join the aid flotilla but was delayed by mechanical problems. It currently is waiting off the Libyan coast.

Those aboard include Mairead Corrigan, a 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner from Northern Ireland, and Denis Halliday, who previously ran U.N. humanitarian aid programs in Iraq.

In Ankara, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said Turkey had beefed up security to protect its Jewish minority as well as Israel’s diplomatic missions. He said security provisions were intensified at 20 points in Istanbul alone. The city has several synagogues and Jewish centers that serve 23,000 people.

“Our Jewish citizens are not foreigners here. They make up an essential part of our community. We have lived together for centuries, and we will continue to do so,” Mr. Davutoglu said.

In 2003, al-Qaeda-linked suicide bombers attacked the British Consulate, a British bank and two Jewish synagogues in Istanbul, killing 58 people. In 1986, gunmen killed 22 people in an attack on Istanbul’s Neve Shalom synagogue.

Trade between Turkey and Israel was worth $2.5 billion in 2009, and Turkey’s exports to Israel were expected to rise by $1 billion this year, Turkey’s minister for foreign trade, Zafer Caglayan, told journalists.

“(But) if the state terror of Israel remains like this, all these trade figures will be ignored,” Mr. Caglayan said.

Associated Press writers Mark Lavie and Amy Teibel reported from Jerusalem, and Selcan Hacaoglu reported from Ankara, Turkey. Associated Press writers Suzan Fraser in Ankara and Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin also contributed to this report.