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Gaza blockade incites press anger

Destroyed border wall between Gaza Strip and Egypt
Breaching of the border is a security concern for Israel

Tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt from the besieged Gaza Strip to replenish their dwindling supplies, prompting calls from a Palestinian daily for the re-opening of their Rafah Crossing "lifeline".

Israeli papers across the political spectrum are critical of their government's handling of the crisis, but one commentator warns Hamas must not be allowed to win the propaganda war.

Other papers in the region express outrage at Israel and sympathy with the plight of the Gazans, but several commentators feel Palestinian leaders need to be reminded of their responsibilities.

ADLI SADIQ IN PALESTINIAN AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDAH

We are not asking to cross the Rafah crossing with weapons in our hands to fight Israel. All we want is the right of passage for us to leave our prison to receive medical treatment, for our children to receive education, to be in contact with our relatives and to ensure that we have a lifeline for our daily existence.

AHMAD MAJDALANI IN PALESTINIAN AL-AYYAM

National responsibility and care for the Palestinian people's interests call for an end to using the people's suffering for narrow political interests. This responsibility dictates to the decision-makers in Gaza and elsewhere to end the strange situation in Gaza.

YUSUF KAMIL IBRAHIM IN PALESTINIAN FILASTIN

It seems that the United States and the Zionist entity do not know the people of the Gaza Strip at all, which makes them more optimistic of the results of the siege. However, they are living in an illusion because the siege will not benefit them.

B MIKHAIL IN ISRAEL'S YEDIOT AHARONOT

A learned, leisurely discussion has been taking place in Israel in recent days: Starving the residents of Gaza - for and against... The real name of this intellectual discussion should of course have been "war crimes - for and against". For this is what we have here, and only this.

AMIRA HASS IN ISRAEL'S HA'ARETZ

The security establishment was quick to boast of the success of its tactic of escalation against Gaza... Those who champion escalation ignore the fact that hermetic closure of all crossings into Gaza reminds the world what it loves to forget: Israel is the occupier. The aggressor.

CALEV BEN-DAVID IN ISRAEL'S JERUSALEM POST

The goal of Hamas in turning the lights off in Gaza is to whip up the 'Arab street' against Arab regimes prepared to recognise Israel and to pressure other foreign governments to rescind their... boycotts of Hamas. And even though this particular Hamas production won't win any Academy Awards, rather than stumbling in the darkness, Israel has to be better prepared next time the lights go out in Gaza.

EGYPT'S AL-AKHBAR

The solution lies in uniting international efforts in order to force Israel to stop its practices. The Palestinians should also reach concord and close their ranks; a major factor that would make the world respond to their legitimate rights and demands.

EGYPT'S AL-JUMHURIYAH

Israel has taken 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza hostage in order to... eliminate the Palestinian resistance and strip it of its legitimate weapon in facing the blatant and brutal occupation... Israel should be forced to end this situation in any way possible without offering it any rewards.

TARIQ AL-HAMID IN PAN-ARAB AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT

It is sad to see the ordeal of the Palestinians in Gaza and the repression... they are suffering. It is also sad that they should be under a leadership that is not fully aware that its role is to protect its citizens, ensure their security and safeguard their livelihood.

KHALID AL-ASHHAB IN SYRIA'S AL-THAWRAH

What the Gaza Strip is exposed to from darkness, siege, starvation and arrests does not just reflect a form of Israeli barbarism... it also reveals an unprecedented state of Arab weakness.

SAMIH AL-MA'AYTAH IN JORDAN'S AL-GHAD

We call on both Gaza and Ramallah authorities to adopt a responsible national stance.

MUSIB NU'AYMI IN IRAN'S AL-VEFAGH

We are witnessing not only a humanitarian catastrophe, but the collapse of all criteria and traditions, the promotion of crime and barbarism and the violation of the simplest international laws and conventions.

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