Thursday, June 17, 2010

Israel Will Ease Blockade of Gaza

The Israeli government has announced it will ease its blockade of Gaza.

I don't think it will do them a bit of good.

First, it won't mollify Israel's critics. For them the Jewish state is illegitimate and therefore any action it takes is illegitimate.

Second, this really isn't about the blockade. If it was similar international pressure would have been brought to bear against Egypt which is also blockading Gaza.

Third, that Israel was compelled to take this step rewards Turkey, the IHH, Hamas and all other state and non-state entities who wish to see Israel wiped off the face of the earth. If Israel is not allowed to defend itself it can only encourage more belligerence.

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