blockade and the long term goals - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • broxnite10
    • 24.06.10 | 19:25 (IDT)

    Israel's problem with the blockade is that Israel has no long term goal but maintaining the status quo forever. If Israel would freeze construction in Jerusalem and cut a deal with the PA which would include lifting the blockade, then the blockade would have some tangible value. But if Israel's electoral politics makes that a nonstarter, then what is the point of the blockade? A blockade in and of itself won't get rid of Hamas. Keeping weapons out of Gaza does not require a full blockade of all but basic food and medicine. It's a pity that Isael's right wing is so strong and self defeating that it will never make peace on any of the standard land for peace arrangements that have been discussed for almost 20 years, but if that's the reality, what is the point of making Gazan day to day lives more difficult than may be necessary in the short term?

    from the article: Report: Lieberman changes policy, invites European diplomats to Gaza
    First published 15:56 24.06.10 | Last updated 15:56 24.06.10
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