Pressure must be getting to Israel, huh? After a widely-criticized raid on a flotilla that left nine dead, the country is ready to let up a bit by letting Chips Ahoy into Gaza.
Israel slightly relaxed the terms of its three-year blockade of Gaza on Wednesday, removing snack foods, juice, soda and spices from the list of banned items. The move fell short of Gaza activist hopes that Israel would allow in building materials like cement and steel to help reconstruct the damaged territory.
“We are pleased that juice and sesame paste are no longer considered threats to Israeli security, but Israel needs to let in raw materials necessary to allow Gaza residents to engage in dignified, productive work,” said Sari Bashi, a human rights advocate.
A Hamas spokesman told the AP that the gesture was not worth commenting on. (via the Associated Press)