June 20 (Reuters) – The White House on Sunday hailed Israel’s easing of its land blockade of Gaza and said President Barack Obama would discuss “additional steps” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a Washington visit on July 6.
“We believe that the implementation of the policy announced by the government of Israel today should improve life for the people of Gaza, and we will continue to support that effort going forward,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
Israel unveiled new procedures on Sunday to ease its land blockade on Gaza, saying it would start allowing in all goods except for weapons and materials that can be used to make them. Israel has been under pressure to loosen restrictions since a deadly May 31 raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. (Reporting by Matt Spetalnick)