Early this morning I read in the Israeli English-language newspaper, Haaretz, that Israel is considering easing its blockade after the prisoner swap if Hamas behaves itself. I then joined a friend at the Gaza port to learn the ropes of the Civil Peace Service project, which in part monitors the Israeli navy’s treatment of Palestinian fisherman fishing in Gazan waters. Anyway, I asked this friend how he was, and he said he was worried that the deal wouldn’t go through. Apparently the Maan News Agency was reporting in Arabic that Hamas may refuse to go through with the deal unless Israel releases all female prisoners. Anyway, we pulled up Haaretz English online, and I think the friend felt better afterwards. It is interesting, the posturing of the two sides . . . .