Abbas Says: Don't Lift Blockade
By Micah Halpern
Sunday June 13, 2010
I've Been Thinking:
When Palestinian Authority President Abbas and US President Obama met in the White House last Wednesday one major topic on their agenda was Israel's blockade of Gaza.
The conversation did not progress exactly the way the president of the United States expected it would. To the surprise of Obama, Abbas is not in favor of lifting the Gaza blockade. Abbas said lifting the blockade would strengthen Hamas. He said the time was not right for lifting the blockade.
This information comes from European leaders who were briefed by the White House on the Abbas-Obama talks.
The Europeans reported back to the Israelis who in turn leaked it to the press. Israel's daily Haaretz published the story more as a Ripley's Believe it or Not headline than a news item.