Report: Israel ready to relax Gaza blockade?

posted at 10:33 pm on June 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

That was fast. As Krauthammer says in his op-ed tomorrow, “the whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive Israel of any legitimate form of self-defense.” They’re not allowed to occupy Lebanon or Gaza to keep weapons out of their enemies’ hands; they’re not allowed to wage war against Hezbollah or Hamas even after they withdraw; and now they’re not allowed to cut off Hamas’s supply routes even while providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians. The only “legitimate” option is surrender. Lesson learned: Provocations work.

While still insisting that its blockade of Gaza is essential to its security, the Israeli government is now shifting its position, “exploring new ways” of allowing goods to reach the coastal enclave, an Israeli official said Thursday…

Israel’s Channel 2 television news reported on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had proposed to Tony Blair, the international envoy of the so-called quartet of Middle East peacemakers, that an international naval force inspect future aid ships bound for Gaza.

Judging by how well international ground forces did in Lebanon to keep weapons out of Hezbollah’s hands, Hamas should have a gigantic arsenal in, oh, three years or so. That’s assuming the Times’s report on Bibi’s plan is correct, though. According to the Jerusalem Post, he might have something different in mind:

The navy is gearing up for the possible interception over the weekend of the MV Rachel Corrie protest ship, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday he was considering letting more goods into Gaza

But under pressure from the US, Netanyahu is now willing to reconsider his policy of closing the Gaza land passages to all but humanitarian supplies…

The cargo path to Gaza would remain the same. Ships would not be allowed to dock in Gaza and would instead be diverted, as they are now, to Ashdod.

There, the cargo would be inspected and then sent to Gaza by land, as is presently done. The new policy, if approved, would increase the variety and amount of goods.

No international force, in other words, but merely a relaxation of some of the rules that currently prohibit certain innocuous items (e.g., musical instruments) from entering Gaza. That’s certainly preferable to the first option, but I don’t know what it’ll solve. The point of the flotilla wasn’t to sneak aid to Gazans but to challenge Israeli authority with an eye to using international outrage afterwards to get the blockade lifted completely. That would give the local Islamist regimes an easily demagogue-able political victory and would hopefully open Gaza’s port to all sorts of special “aid” from Iran. So long as Israel remains in control of the coast, even with relaxed rules about what can be brought in, they’re going to face new provocations. But don’t take my word for it:

When asked if the activists [aboard the next boat to approach Gaza] would try to break the blockade or would agree to a compromise that would allow them to unload the cargo under Israeli supervision, Kysia said, “We don’t recognize Israel’s authority to impose a blockade on the Gaza Strip or to impose their power on the Gaza Strip,” adding that the organization didn’t want to be accomplices to Israel’s policy of “putting Palestinians on a diet.”

No doubt Netanyahu realizes all this; I assume the new concession is aimed at simply throwing the west a bone to turn down the heat and to hopefully deny Turkey a pretext to escalate the situation further by sending its warships to escort the next “aid” boat. But all they’re doing here is buying time until the next demand comes for Israel to stop defending itself, which, per the JPost, could be as soon as this weekend when the MV Rachel Corrie (yes, really) steams towards the coast. Stay tuned.


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( I mispled bye didn’t I .. shame on me

runner on June 3, 2010 at 11:56 PM

I feel like I’m living in the end-times.
Mirimichi on June 3, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Don’t worry about it, I felt the same way back when Wellstone was one of my senators, and we’re still here.

Bishop on June 3, 2010 at 11:58 PM

runner on June 3, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Also mind the last sentence: many of these goods are already coming through via the tunnels. In very specific strategic terms, what good is the PR hit if you aren’t even preventing these random materials from entering? Given that the rules currently in place effect millions of civilians, is there not room for them to at the very least “relax” the blockade?

ernesto on June 3, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Don’t worry about it, I felt the same way back when Wellstone was one of my senators, and we’re still here.

Bishop on June 3, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Yeah, you got Franken instead. It’s always darkest just before dawn. LOL

ddrintn on June 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM

Anyone else notice that a handful of comments just disappeared?

Bishop on June 3, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Bishop:I had that problem earlier,I cut and paste my comment
prior to submit as an insurance policy!!:)

canopfor on June 4, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Yeah, you got Franken instead. It’s always darkest just before dawn. LOL
ddrintn on June 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM

You shut up you.

Bishop on June 4, 2010 at 12:11 AM

How is this not featured yet on Hotair?

Latma music video: “We Con the World”

Shy Guy on June 4, 2010 at 12:22 AM

How is this not featured yet on Hotair?

Latma music video: “We Con the World”

Shy Guy on June 4, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Pretty good.

ebrawer on June 4, 2010 at 12:35 AM

How is this not featured yet on Hotair?

Latma music video: “We Con the World”

It has been:
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/03/video-we-con-the-world/

agmartin on June 4, 2010 at 12:36 AM

How is this not featured yet on Hotair?
Latma music video: “We Con the World”

Shy Guy on June 4, 2010 at 12:22 AM

it is in an earlier allahpundit post

Zetterson on June 4, 2010 at 12:37 AM

“Never mind.” – Emily Litella

Shy Guy on June 4, 2010 at 12:38 AM

How is this not featured yet on Hotair?

Latma music video: “We Con the World”

Shy Guy on June 4, 2010 at 12:22 AM

How about The Love Boat?

Dollayo on June 4, 2010 at 12:47 AM

No doubt Netanyahu realizes all this; I assume the new concession is aimed at simply throwing the west a bone to turn down the heat and to hopefully deny Turkey a pretext to escalate the situation further by sending its warships to escort the next “aid” boat.

Why do you suggest Turkish Navy would have any reason to get involved defending an Irish ship supported by the Irish government?

lexhamfox on June 4, 2010 at 1:39 AM

They should attach some limpets the Rachel Corrie.

And throw the evacuating passengers suicide vests instead of life vests.

I’m sure Israel has a confiscated stockpile from Hamas encounters.

And the only musical instruments that should be allowed in Gaza are drums, since Islam forbids all other melodic devices.

profitsbeard on June 4, 2010 at 1:55 AM

Yeah, you got Franken instead. It’s always darkest just before dawn it goes pitch black. LOL
ddrintn on June 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM

RINO in Name Only on June 4, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Allah at his best; cuts to the chase.

rickyricardo on June 4, 2010 at 6:50 AM

The fact that Obama is NOT a friend of Israel has strengthened and emboldened her enemies. My political seismometer indicates increasing pressure leading to a major blowout before the fall.
Randy

williars on June 4, 2010 at 7:59 AM

“The fact that Obama is NOT a friend of Israel has strengthened and emboldened her enemies. My political seismometer indicates increasing pressure leading to a major blowout before the fall.
Randy”
Then de won can claim leadership or something and try to salvage the mid terms. Rham has a plan it is just not clear what unprecedented,historic action the fearless leader will take?
Maybe Monty Python “run Away”.

Col.John Wm. Reed on June 4, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Incredible.

Hening on June 4, 2010 at 8:58 AM

The Gaza will be an Iranian port on the Med.

RobCon on June 4, 2010 at 9:08 AM

You know, if the Palestinians would just, as a whole, try to make something of themselves instead of trying to steal what Israel has, there wouldn’t be any need for ‘aid’.

Count to 10 on June 4, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Don’t ‘intercept’ anything. SINK IT!

GarandFan on June 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I guess if they loosen the blockade and the predictable violence ensues, this will take up all the oxygen in the news cycle, and we all will just forget that the Gulf Of Mexico has been turned into a petroleum swamp land/SARC.

Dr Evil on June 4, 2010 at 10:27 AM

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100604/ap_on_re_eu/eu_turkey_israel
Doesn’t look like the blockade will be loosened. Why should Israel just lay down and die to make the UN happy?

elclynn on June 4, 2010 at 12:29 PM

A place where Gazans go to die or something.

J_Crater on June 4, 2010 at 3:15 PM

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