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Argument: Blockade was justly designed to cut off arm imports to Gaza

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"Was Hamas Provoked?". International Jewish News. January 8, 2009 - after Hamas won electoral control of Gaza on Jan. 25, 2006, Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice forced Israel to relinquish control of Gaza’s border with Egypt. This facilitated still more arms smuggling by the Palestinians in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Point blank: It is false to say that Israel controlled Hamas’ borders when Israel controlled three of the territory’s borders, but not the fourth. Egypt controlled that. And because Egypt turned a blind eye to Hamas’ arms smuggling beneath Gaza’s border with Egypt, Israel did her best to keep arms from being smuggled across Gaza’s other borders.

That’s it: Israeli control of Gaza’s borders was a response to Hamas’ exploitation of Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza to turn it into an armed, Islamic state dedicated to the destruction of Israel above all else, even its own economy. Hamas was not provoked. Quite the contrary. Hamas’ arms smuggling was the provocation. Then, on top of this provocation, Hamas fired rockets indiscriminately into Israel. The idea that Hamas was provoked leapfrogs the facts.

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