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

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