Gibbs Won't Say Whether Blockade Should Be Lifted

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked during his daily press briefing today whether Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip should be lifted. He wouldn't say, yes or no. Here's his response:


Obviously as we have said before, we are concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza and continue to work with the Israelis and international partners in order to improve those conditions, and as the UN Security Council statement says...[that is an] untenable situation.

Gibbs was asked the same question, again. Here's what he said:

Again, we're working with those to improve the humanitarian conditions. I do think it's helpful to understand this is a blockade to not allow weapons to get into the hands of Hamas, and we have said that, well, I'll just leave it at that.

In other words, the administration's stance seems to be that it wants humanitarian aid to get to Gaza, understands why the blockade exists, and won't criticize Israel for enforcing it.
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Politics

Just In