As Israel eases the Gaza blockade, Hamas is positioned to strengthen its grip on the Gaza Strip. The Gaza tunnel trade that thrived under the blockade provided tax revenues and helped Hamas stay firmly in control.
The mood is tense in Gaza after Israeli airstrikes in response to Palestinian rocket attacks injured scores and killed a top Hamas commander. Analysts say Hamas launched the attacks to scuttle direct peace talks.
Israel says it will allow construction materials into Gaza for civilian projects only. In response to international pressure, Israel will ease the Gaza blockade on food, toys, and kitchen utensils.
An Israeli cabinet meeting on easing the Gaza blockade broke up without a decision today. But it appears the aftermath of the Gaza flotilla raid is forcing Israel to dramatically alter its approach to the Hamas-run enclave.
Israel partially eased its economic blockade of Gaza on Wednesday, allowing cookies, soda, and canned fruit to be legally sold there for the first time in more than a year.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke about Israel's Gaza blockade after meeting with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak today. But he did not say anything about reported election irregularities last week.
Madame Tussauds employee Marie Chandler poses for photographers beside a waxwork of The Hulk during the launch of the Marvel Super Heroes 4D exhibit at the Madame Tussauds waxworks in London on Wednesday.
Egypt partially opened its border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, bowing to public fury over the Gaza blockade in the wake of an Israeli raid on the so-called Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid.
Until Hamas accepts Israel’s right to exist and stops launching rocket attacks, Israel may have to continue the Gaza blockade.
Israelis haven't expressed much sympathy for Gaza freedom flotilla activists attacked in an Israeli raid Monday. But they're upset that their government walked into what they say was a trap, and botched the mission.