Israel and Egypt

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June 1, 2010 8:11 a.m.

People often forget that the blockade of Gaza is not maintained only by Israel but by Egypt too along the southern border. And I had seen that they were opening the border in response to the Flotilla incident. But TPM Reader KL just pointed out to me that an official told Reuters that the border was being opened for an “unlimited time.” Now, a lot can get lost in translation. And talk, especially talk not on the record and in the face of hostile domestic public opinion, is cheap. But a commonsense interpretation of that would be that the opening of the Gaza/Egypt border is permanent. Or at least of indefinite duration. If that’s the case, that’s a very big deal.

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