Israel Resumes Diesel Fuel to Gaza

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CBNNews.com - The Israeli government announced on Sunday a resumption of diesel fuel allocations to the Gaza Strip, following petitions to the High Court by two human rights groups against the fuel sanctions.

According to Israeli media, Israel will resume delivering 2.2 million liters a week - an amount petitioners argue isn't enough.

Israeli Justice Minister Daniel Friedman marveled at the court's willingness to hear the petitions.

"Sometimes I don't know if Israel fares better in an international forum or in the High Court of Justice," Friedman said.

Meanwhile, Member of Knesset (MK) Effie Eitam (National Union/National Religious Party) disagreed with the High Court's decision.

"Israel has the right to cut off the electricity it supplies to Kassam workshops, the fuel it provides, which is used by launching vehicles, and the cement to build tunnels and posts that will be used to fire at IDF soldiers one of these days," Eitam wrote in an opinion piece published on YNetnews.com.

"Israel's right to cut off the supply of these goods cannot face any legal or moral controversy; it also cannot clash with common sense, which demands that we ensure that our enemies would not 'enjoy' Israel's economic and strategic power while attacking it," he wrote, adding that claims of a humanitarian disaster are unfounded.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news service

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