An American diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks claims Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip was aimed at pushing the coastal enclave's economy "to the brink of collapse."
The March 3, 2008 document, published Wednesday by Norway's Aftenposten newspaper, exposes one of Israel's major objectives of the blockade: to cause widespread economic hardship in an attempt to weaken the Hamas government. Israel imposed the blockade after Hamas took control of the Strip in June 2007. According to the cable, Israeli officials repeatedly told U.S. officials that the blockade aimed at damaging the Gazan economy "without quite pushing it over the edge."
Following massive international pressure, Israel has eased the embargo since a deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla on May 31st, 2010.