Truce deal reflects pressure on Israel to lift Gaza siege

24 Nov

by Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem

The Guardian

22 November 2012

extract from article

Details of the truce agreement, principally over easing Israel’s blockade on Gaza, still have to be hammered out in talks that were due to begin within 24 hours of the ceasefire deal’s announcement on Wednesday evening.

The price of US support and European acquiescence in the military operation may be heavy pressure on Israel to lift trade restrictions and allow much greater freedom of movement for the people of Gaza.

Some in the Israeli government also believe the six-year blockade has proven to be a failure and are pressing for a wholesale review.

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