"JERUSALEM — Israel is likely to significantly ease the land blockade of Gaza in coming days in an effort to blunt the international outcry over its deadly raid on a blockade-busting flotilla, officials said Wednesday.Okay, so Israel is "likely" to open the crossings even further, though they having trouble reaching a consensus on what to do. That sounds like good news, right? The article has some background information about the blockade, both its reasons and its effects, and then has this:
Israel has been scrambling to find ways to ease the embargo and its own growing international isolation.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened senior ministers and security officials to discuss changes but they failed to reach a decision. They are now expected to vote Thursday, said a meeting participant speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks were closed.
Officials said Israel is expected to greatly ease what gets into Gaza through land crossings. However, the naval blockade that was at the root of the May 31 raid will remain intact because Israel wants to ensure weapons can't be shipped into Gaza. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the policy has not been approved."
"Israel's Haaretz daily reported Wednesday that international Mideast envoy Tony Blair had worked out the outlines of a deal with Netanyahu. It said it would include an Israeli agreement to consider stationing European monitors at border crossings to inspect incoming goods.Even more good news, both for Israel and the Gazans! Coming up with deals is always a positive sign, right? I trust at this point I've made my point. Let's see the headline!
In an interview with the paper, Blair hailed the expected vote by Israel."
Even more interesting is that if you look at the link, you would see that the original headline was "Israel to Vote on Easing Gaza Blockade." Makes one wonder who decided to change it, and why.