The outgoing head of the UN Relief and Works Agency has blamed Israeli limits on imports for the shutdown of 19 out of 20 projects operating in Gaza. The Times of Israel:
“Given that Israel does not allow exports and hence a resumption of normal economic activities, prices are rising because commodities are becoming scarce, lack of fuel has provoked the closure of the power plant, the few jobs available in the construction industry are disappearing; and the list continues,” Grandi said.“Gaza is quickly becoming uninhabitable,” Grandi warned, “and further conflict is bound, as before, to affect civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, unless its causes are addressed.”Grandi blamed Israel for harming Gazan civilians through its security policies.“Perhaps strengthening the human security of the people of Gaza is a better avenue to ensuring regional stability than physical closures, political isolation and military action,” he said.
Israeli limits on imports to Gaza are totally meaningless unless Egypt also imposes them. Yet UN criticism focuses 100 percent on the Jewish state and gives Arabs a free pass—and, one notes, the world press happily goes along with this foolishness.Egypt and Israel don’t actually agree on very much, but both seem to agree that Hamas can’t be trusted not to divert construction materials intended to provide relief to poverty stricken Palestinians into military facilities. It is, perhaps, just possible that they are right—and that the real culprits here are the Hamas officials who would rather build up their power than help their people.