As Israel Evolves on Blockade, A Reality Check on Qassam Rockets

Love | Peace Word comes this week that Israel will loosen its blockade of Gaza. Business Week reports minutes ago that Prime Minister Netanyahu met with his cabinet today (Sunday) and Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in Washington for meetings with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, along with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, some members of the Senate and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Security Cabinet met to discuss “practical steps to implement” the June 17 Cabinet statement that concerns “expanding the inflow of materials for civilian projects into Gaza, while maintaining the existing security procedures on preventing the entry of weapons and war materiel,” the statement from Netanyahu’s office said. via Business Week

Count us among the people thoroughly disgusted with the situation in Israel|Gaza-Palestine. HOWEVER, TIME delivers a thoughtful reminder on the Israeli perspective in What Israelis Really Think Should Be Done About Gaza. 

Dahlia Scheindlin, a pollster and political consultant who works largely with the Israeli left, says that preoccupation with security, if not punishment, trumps concerns about hardship inside Gaza. “The pragmatic center, they don’t see it,” Scheindlin says, referring to the swing bloc that carries elections. “The narrative is, ‘We left Gaza and got a rain of Qassam rockets. We gave them everything they wanted and we got a rain of Qassam rockets and a Hamas takeover.’ I hear it over and over again in focus groups.” via TIME

In our frustration with the Israelis, the above reality must also be acknowledged. Anne