Obama: Gaza Blockade Can’t Continue Forever

Gazans Need 'Some Prospects' for Open Crossings

Ongoing peace talks in Cairo are stalling primarily on Israel’s reluctance to agree to anything resembling an end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, but President Obama insists something will eventually have to be done.

At a press conference that centered on touting his support for the Israeli war, President Obama said there needed to be some recognition that “Gaza cannot sustain itself permanently closed off from the world.”

Obama didn’t call for an immediate end to the blockade, which is what the Palestinians are pushing for at the talks, but rather said there needed to be “some prospects for the opening of Gaza so that they do not feel walled off.”

That’s an awfully vague call, but is still the closest a US official has come to rejecting the long-standing Israeli blockade yet, and could add some momentum to ending the humanitarian disaster that blockade has wrought.

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