Quite apart from the Reuters compulsory "we-have-to-provide-an-official-Israeli-explanation-but-it's-just-an Israeli-claim-so-don't-you-believe-it" citation on the purpose of the maritime embargo, Maltezou attempts to subvert nearly universal recognition of Hamas as a terrorist group by asserting that only "some" Western nations have adopted this view. So let's review the current list of Western nations that see things this way:Israel says its blockade of Gaza is aimed at stopping weapons from reaching the enclave's rulers, Hamas -- an Islamist group that is branded a terrorist group by some Western nations.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bugaria, Canada, Cypress, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US...
all officially classify Hamas as a terrorist group.
There is of course, Norway, which does not consider Hamas a terrorist group and regularly meets with its leaders but then, the Norwegians are known for mass-murdering defenseless, intelligent sea creatures so we can hardly expect more from them.