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Israel Upholds Blockade

July 19, 2011

As they should.

Reuters reports

The Israeli navy Tuesday seized a French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists heading for the blockaded Gaza Strip and forced it to go to Israel’s Ashdod port, a military spokeswoman said.


Boarding was necessary because those on the yacht refused to obey instructions to go to Ashdod, the statement said.

Israel acted in their best interest, knowing that absent a naval blockade, an untold quantity of weapons and materiel would flow into Gaza with the intent of harming Israelis and Israeli interests.

Palestinians and their supporters consider the Gaza blockade illegal and say it stunts the economic development of the territory, most of whose 1.5 million residents rely on aid to survive.

Of course they do.  However, aid does flow into Gaza through Egypt and through Israel.

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