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EU: Israel may soften blockade; Israel approves investigation into raid

LUXEMBOURG (AP) - EU officials say that there are indications Israel may agree to relax its blockade of Gaza by opening at least one border crossing to large-scale commercial traffic.

EU diplomats also say Israel would likely drop its restrictive list of goods permitted into the region, which has left the territory's 1.5 million Palestinians mired in poverty.

One diplomat said that while no final decisions had been made, there were positive indications.

Israel's Cabinet, meanwhile, gave final approval today for an official investigation into the navy's bloody attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine people two weeks ago.

The inquiry will be headed by a retired Israeli Supreme Court justice and it will include two high-ranking foreign observers. They are Nobel Peace laureate David Trimble of Ireland and Canada's former chief military prosecutor, Ken Watkin.


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