Netanyahu: I'm Willing to Loosen Blockade

Humanitarian aid would be allowed after weapons checks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2010 3:04 PM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Jim Hollander, Pool)

(Newser) – Just ahead of another potential clash, Israel seems ready to budge at least a little on its Gaza blockade. Benjamin Netanyahu says he's willing to allow ships to deliver humanitarian aid if they are checked for weapons first, reports the Jerusalem Post. Other media outlets, including Haaretz and the Wall Street Journal, don't go quite as far and say Israel is considering such action.

"We are currently exploring additional ways to implement these principles," an Israeli official tells the Journal. The newspaper also says Israel might allow a foreigner to sit in on an internal review of the flotilla raid, another way to address growing international anger.

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