Nicolas D. Kristof, The New York Times | June 20, 2008
Direct negotiations between Israel and Hamas create a new opportunity to stabilize the territory and soothe the heated fronts, but lessons of the past should not be forgotten. ++ The last year of Israel's blockade was "counterproductive", a "collective punishment," and "a moral bankruptcy." ++ But Israelis should not bear all the blame: "while Palestinians denounce the separation barrier, their suicide bombings built it." ++ Besides, though talking to Hamas directly would end the escalation, it would also contribute to strengthening Iran.