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Israel opens Gaza Strip for all non-military goods

(WJC)–Israel’s Security Cabinet has decided to relax the land blockade on the Gaza Strip. Only specific items would be forbidden to enter the Hamas-controlled territory, such as those that could be used to produce weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. After a meeting with the International Quartet’s Middle East envoy Tony Blair, Netanyahu said: “Israel seeks to keep out of Gaza weapons and war-supporting materiel that Hamas uses to prepare and carry out terror and rocket attacks against Israel and its civilians. All other goods will be allowed into Gaza.” The sea blockade, however, will remain in place.

In a statement, the White House welcomed the new policy toward Gaza.  “Once implemented, we believe these arrangements should significantly improve conditions for Palestinians in Gaza, while preventing the entry of weapons,” the statement said, adding: “We strongly re-affirm Israel’s right to self-defense, and our commitment to work with Israel and our international partners to prevent the illicit trafficking of arms and ammunition into Gaza.  As we approach the fourth anniversary of the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, we call again for his immediate release, and condemn the inhumane conditions of his detention.”

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Preceding provided by World Jewish Congress.

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