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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Israel eases Gaza blockade on civiliams, tightens security blockade

Just hours after the dramatic decision  to ease the Gaza Strip blockade and lift various restrictions, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  explained the significance of the decision Sunday night. In a closed conversation, Netanyahu said this is "no civilian blockade on Gaza, but only a security blockade."

"The security blockade is tightened now," the prime minister said, "because we have taken away Hamas' ability to blame Israel for harming the civilian population and because our friends around the world are backing us up on this decision and granting legitimacy to the continued security blockade against Hamas."

"We have taken the right decision for Israel from a security and political point of view," Netanyahu asserted.