Argument: Hamas could have ended blockade by simply recognizing Israel
"Israel gambles in Gaza". USA Today. December 30, 2008 - "Hamas says its missile fire is justified. It contends that Israel is behaving like a capricious jailer to Gaza's Palestinians. Besides controlling air and sea access, Israel won't open border crossings into Israel with any consistency — as a result, Palestinians don't have access to the regular trade and jobs that can make their economy viable. Palestinians in Gaza live in dire and growing poverty. All of that is true, but Hamas could change the situation in an instant simply by credibly recognizing Israel's right to exist."