Print Edition - 2018-02-15 | Oped
End to Gaza’s misery
- A solution is as elusive as peace
Feb 15, 2018-
Gaza has dissolved into such misery that Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, chief of staff of the Israeli Army, has warned the cabinet that it is on the verge of collapse and there is a real threat of another uprising. The flow of basic food and supplies entering Gaza from Israel has shrunk, jails are filling with debtors, burglaries are rampant, medical supplies dwindle, water is almost undrinkable and electricity sporadic. Israel has enforced a devastating blockade for more than a decade, since Hamas came to power there and expelled the Palestinian Authority. The border with Egypt provided a lifeline until it was choked off by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who saw Hamas as an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood. Little has been done to repair the damage of three hugely destructive wars in the last decade. While the blockade and Israeli military attacks have ruined Gaza, there is no defending Hamas, which regularly fires rockets across the border into Israel. Money that should have gone to hospitals and medicine has been spent on futile confrontation with Israel and digging tunnels that the Israelis are now spending a small fortune to block. But holding two million people hostage is not the way to fight Hamas, and the suffering only nurtures more rage and militancy.
Published: 15-02-2018 08:00