Israel eyes international role in Gaza blockade

JERUSALEM (BestGrowthStock) – Seeking to deflect criticism of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may consider international help in enforcing an arms embargo on the Palestinian enclave, a political source said on Thursday.

A plan under which the United Nations could search goods bound for Gaza during transit in Israel’s Ashdod port would be discussed by Netanyahu and his inner cabinet later in the day, the source close to the prime minister’s office said.

Israel would still insist on barring both weapons and goods like steel and concrete which it believed could be used by the Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas Islamists for military purposes.

Since Israeli marines killed eight Turks and a Turkish-born American aboard a Turkish ship carrying supplies to Gaza on Monday, Israel has faced a storm of criticism of its naval blockade — including from its key ally the United States.

Government spokesmen had no immediate comment.

Israel’s Channel 2 television said: “An international naval force could monitor what goes into Gaza to prevent weapons or structural steel products going in.”

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(Reporting by Allyn Fisher-Ilan, editing by Alastair Macdonald))

Israel eyes international role in Gaza blockade