Arguments: Gaza blockade worsens image of Israel as oppressor
A senior American White House official told the New York Times in June of 2010: "Gaza has become the symbol in the Arab world of the Israeli treatment of Palestinians, and we have to change that. We need to remove the impulse for the flotillas. The Israelis also realize this is not sustainable."
Ha'aretz's Aluf Benn writes, "The attempt to control Gaza from outside, via its residents’ diet and shopping lists, casts a heavy moral stain on Israel and increases its international isolation."