Obama Administration Says Change Required In Gaza Blockade

Love | Peace With plenty of “off the record” quotes, the Obama administration says that Israel’s blockage of Gaza must end, according to the NYTimes. 

Israel insists that any change in their blockade in Gaza must consider: Israel’s security; the need to prevent any benefit to Hamas, the Islamist rulers of Gaza; and the four-year-old captivity of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas, Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit.   

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