The Gaza blockade

Since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2006, which followed Israel’s total evacuation one year before, Israel has maintained a naval blockade of the coastal territory under the legal position that the Strip is ruled by a hostile power.

There can be no question that Hamas rules Gaza as the Islamist movement is hostile to the very existence of the State of Israel and has repeatedly bombed civilian targets in Israel with weapons that have been smuggled into Gaza via the sea.

Under international law, and the law of basic common sense, Israel has the right to make sure that an enemy regime is not supplied with the means to make war.

While Israel lawfully enforces the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, it ensures that approximately 250 to 280 truckloads enter Gaza from Sunday through Thursday, delivering approximately 6,000 of tons of goods and materials through the Kerem Shalom land crossing.

Due to a deficit in orders from the Gaza Strip, the crossings capacity for truckloads is never maximized by Palestinian officials.

A United Nations review has found that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is legal and appropriate. Israel publicized the existence of the blockade and the precise coordinates of such by means of the accepted international professional maritime channels.