Monday, June 21, 2010

Israel Strikes a Deal

Time is short today so posting will be quick, but it's important to recognize that Israel will be lifting most of the blockade on non-military good coming into Gaza. While it makes one wonder why such an action wasn't taken sooner, it's important to give credit where credit is due.

The decision of the Israeli government to lift much of the siege is a positive step which will benefit innocent Palestinian civilians and the Israeli government by allowing for non-Hamas actors to provide a better condition of living to Palestinians. This will wedge out Hamas and allow Israel to relieve some of the diplomatic pressure it has been facing. Over the long-term, lifting the siege is an important step towards improving the security of Israeli citizens as well, especially in the border areas.

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