EU's Ashton: Israel Must Open All Gaza Border Crossings

"""The European Union has been calling for an urgent and fundamental change of policy regarding the closure of Gaza,"" Ashton said before departing for Israel. Referring to a recent cabinet decision to lift the ban on some of the products which Isrtael previously prohibited from entering the Strip, Ashton said the EU ""welcomed the announcements made by Israel following the flotilla incident and are now awaiting their implementation."" ""We stand ready to support the opening of the Gaza crossings for the traffic of goods to and from Gaza,"" she continued. During her visit, Ashton will meet with Israeli and Palestinian leadership - including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, as well as the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East, Tony Blair. "