Breaking the Gaza Blockade Dooms Peace Efforts

(Commentary) Jonathan Tobin - Lifting the Gaza blockade would be the final step toward establishing the sovereignty of the Hamas regime in Gaza. After all, the blockade was established by Israel and Egypt with the support of the West, not as an act of "collective punishment," but rather in a targeted effort to bring down an illegal and violent radical Islamist terror regime that had seized a foothold on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean. Granting Hamas such a victory is a blow to Israel, but it is a worse blow to the Palestinians. The end of the blockade will strengthen Hamas and make it all the more likely that they will eventually be able to extend their rule to the West Bank. Giving Hamas such a victory means an end to the peace process.

2010-06-03 09:42:54

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