It was a crucial mistake to give up the blockade in the light of international pressure. Israel should have been more confident in emphasising the fact that it is not starving Gaza, but that it has every reason to make it suffer. After all we are in a warlike situation vis-a-vis that entity, and under such circumstances imposing hardships on the civilian population is not only legitimate, but might be in fact the only way to erode public support of Hamas. Thus it is misleading that the Hamas is given "a moral upper hand", and perhaps more importantly, Hamas has in fact lost support in recent years among the local population. Provision of welfare was the the source of its rise in popularity, so working towards Hamas' failure to provide that welfare must be the focus of Israeli policy.
Hamas says Egyptian mediation has restored calm along Israel, Gaza border (Haaretz)
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