but who would win more public opinion points" This is not true. The main issue is that Hizbolla figured out how to become a strategic threat to Israel: using a vast system of land missiles. Hamas wishes to attain the same status. Israel cannot accept such threats both from north and south. The Israeli-Egyptian blockade is not an "example of Jewish arrogance". It is a consequence of serious threats. From Egyptian side it is consequence of Hamas attempts to support radical Islam. Dealing the blockade it in terms of "poor hungry people" is naive or deceptive. Gaza government can end all this blockade, by leaving its both its neighbors Egypt and Israel in peace. Public opinion is very important, but a reason to put all our country under missiles threats from two neighboring countries.
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from the article: The price of flawed policy