"despite the fact that Israel recently lifted many of the restrictions" Some of the restrictions were lifted, but not the collective punishment i.e. the main blockade. The state felt compelled to lift these few restrictions under heavy worldwide pressure following the gunning down by well trained commandos (that were used instead of a border patrol) of unarmed aid militants in international waters. The flotillas have already had positive results.
Sunni Arab nations are 'Israel's allies,' says Israeli Foreign Ministry director general (JTA)
from the article: 'Viva Palestina' activists deliver tons of aid to Gaza Strip