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After the War
The Arab Blockade of Gaza
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  • iconoclast

    The responsibility for the current disaster in Gaza lies entirely at the feet of Hamas and the other terrorist gangs infesting the Gaza strip. Why would any sane country trust fanatics who attack and murder virtually anyone other than themselves, who cheer at the knifing of infants and whose leaders live luxurious lives in Qatar far from the misery in Gaza? All decent nations should withdraw aid from these monsters.

    As for the blockade, if Hamas weren’t taking all the civilian and humanitarian supplies that pass in from Israel and perverting them to fight yet another hopeless war against Israel then maybe the blockade could be eased.

    “It represents a failure of civilization.” It seems that Gaza represents the kind of civilization that Islamists seek–a dark ages caliphate, brutal and vicious.

    • Kevin

      Gaze is effectively sovereign and with that comes the people’s and their leadership’s responsibility for their fate. If they choose to behave in such a manner as to provoke all their neighbors that’s their choice and they will have to live with the consequences.

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  • Curious Mayhem

    The main responsibility for Gaza rests with Hamas, of course. But Gaza is not a sovereign — it has no real government. It’s a population being held hostage by a “sub-state” actor that uses Gaza as a platform.

    Gaza did have a half-baked sovereign, the PA, before 2007. After the Israelis withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Bush and the EU, in their infinite wisdom, decided that Gaza should have elections, in 2007. The PA was viewed as so corrupt that the majority voted for Hamas, as so often happens when you have radical Islamic parties around. Hamas never acted as a real government, but immediately kicked the PA out and began setting up rockets, mortars, tunnels, and so on, importing weapons and money from Iran. The rest is history. (Hamas is Sunni, opposed to Assad and his Iranian allies, and is now sponsored by Qatar and Turkey, mainly.)

    It’s a sad and depressing situation. Under the Israeli partial blockade, food and medicine were let in. The Arab blockade is tougher and designed to force Hamas out of power, something the Israelis never even considered attempting (for one thing, they’re scared of who might replace Hamas). Egypt and Saudi Arabia have said that they want reconstruction in Gaza, but only conditional on demilitarization, which is reasonable. In fact, not much reconstruction can happen without demilitarization. It’s not like Lebanon — in spite of Hizbollah, Lebanon did recover from the 2006 war.

    The Egyptian government has no time for Hamas, which they correctly view as an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood that they removed from power. The Egyptian government has sealed the Hamas-built smuggling tunnels on their side. Spin-off factions from Hamas seem to be moving into the direction of alliance with ISIS, which scares the daylights out of both Egypt and Saudi Arabia — ISIS has the same sponsors as Hamas, Qatar and Turkey. These factions have overrun parts of Sinai.

    All that ingenuity, devoted to mayhem and death.

    • JR

      I’m a bit more optimistic than you. Israel has shown that it can work with anyone who is not actively rooting to start a genocide of Jews RIGHT NOW!!! Even with PLO on the West Bank some kind of half-arsed truce is holding. Israel’s position that it cannot and will not negotiate with Hamas is being backed by both Egypt and the Saudis. Put PLO people in charge of Gaza, start doing something other than trying to stat war with Israel, and see what happens.

      • Curious Mayhem

        If Gaza is demilitarized, yes. That will mean an absence of violent conflict with its neighbors, and reconstruction can take hold for real.

      • GS

        “Put PLO in charge of gaza” – and how? That would require an occupation force to clamp down on ca. 20000 hamasis [and the others of that ilk] or getting these same 20-25000 wiped out in some future conflict. Last time I checked, there were no volunteers to provide the needed muscle.

  • Fat_Man

    The people of Gaza voted for Hamas, which is nothing more than a Jew hating death cult. They and they alone are responsible for their plight.

    • dawnsblood

      I agree but feel I must mention that neither Hamas nor Abbas have bothered to stand for election in a long time. Sadly I suspect if they held a vote today, Hamas would win in Gaza and take over the PA.

      • Fat_Man

        Which is why, Abbas must depend on Israel for his continued ability to inhale oxygen. And why he will bluster, but not do anything.

  • Jojo Jobxyzone

    “… Israel bears some share of responsibility”.

    • iconoclast

      Because the Israelis refuse to quietly accept a second Holocaust.

  • solstice

    “The only thing that seems certain in all this is that the hard times for the people of Gaza are going to continue. Ultimately a solution will have to be found that allows many of those now trapped here to move into the wider world and start new lives—whether in the West Bank or farther afield.”

    Let’s not invite them to the United States. Muslim immigrants in Western societies are causing enough problems.

  • adk

    “… Egypt nor Israel… both see an opportunity to dismantle a force that neither trusts.”

    Well, Israelis trust them alright. They trust their word (see Hamas Charter, “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”) and deed — suicide bombers, rockets, kidnappings, etc, etc. ISIS/Hezbollah/Hamas/Iranian mullahs/Islamist “lone wolves” in EU — they are all, in essence, the same.

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