Clinton warns Israel against maintaining Gaza blockade

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week has sent several messages to Jerusalem warning the Israeli government against maintaining a blockade on Hamas-ruled Gaza, according to a senior Israeli political source cited by Ha'aretz.

Senior US officials reportedly told Israeli counterparts last week that they felt Jerusalem wasn't doing enough to speed up the flow of goods through the Gaza Strip border crossings.

Israel responded that ongoing Palestinian attacks along the border and at some of the crossings, as well as Hamas' continued refusal to release an abducted Israeli soldier, are the primary reasons for the delays.

The Obama Administration has made it clear that it does not intend to support the policy of its predecessor in isolating and blockading Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Israel next Tuesday to press the issue.

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