EU criticizes decision to cut back fuel, electricity to Gaza

The European Union criticized Israel's decision to cut back fuel and electricity supplies to Gaza on Monday, calling the reprisal for frequent Palestinian militant rocket fire "collective punishment." Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the European Union's commissioner for external relations, said she was "very concerned" about the decision during a visit to Jerusalem on Monday. While noting the "distress" caused to Israelis by Palestinian Kassam rocket fire, she said, "I think collective punishment is never a solution."