Israel Relents, Allows Potato Chips Into Gaza

Palestinians are underwhelmed by the gesture on snacks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2010 2:13 PM CDT
Israel will allow snack food into Gaza.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Israel has released a revised list of goods it will allow into Gaza, one immediately denounced by Palestinians as a joke. Cement, for instance, is still a no-no, but potato chips, soft drinks, and jam are OK, reports Reuters. "They will send the first course. We are waiting for the main course," said the Palestinian economy minister. "We are waiting for this unjust siege to end."

The list—Israel says it's part of a constant revision process and is unrelated to the flotilla controversy—comes on the same day that President Obama hosted Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House, promised $400 million in new Palestinian aid, and said "the situation in Gaza is unsustainable," notes AP.

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