Argument: Blockade offers Hamas an excuse for its ineffectiveness
Ehud Eiran. "End the Siege, but Keep Arms Out." New York Times. June 1, 2010: "If the siege was intended to topple Hamas, it has failed and only provides an excuse for its governmental inefficiencies."
"Editorial: Gaza blockade bad idea." The Orange County Register Editorial. June 2, 2010: "Currently, Hamas can blame all the Palestinians' problems on the Israeli embargo. But if the embargo were lifted, then Hamas itself would have to take the blame for supplies lost or stolen."