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    • Ben Gurion
    • 22.03.06 | 21:17 (IST)

    Amira, the issue is NOT humanitarian. The Karni crossing is in the north Gaza strip, closest to the Adhdod port, Israeli airport (for agricultural products), and the West Bank. The Kerem Shalom crossing is in the south end of the Strip, and farthest from these destinations. But the whole Gaza strip is some 40 km (25 miles) long, requiring at most an extra 50-60 mile trip per truck (each way). This increases the cost somewhat, but is no cause for a humanitarian calamity. Indeed, it provides MORE work for truckers. Amira, even if you don't believe the Israeli concerns for Karni security (which might be too exagerrated), there is some reality to them. Hamas is at war with Israel, and they themselves want to disengage from the Israeli economy. Trucking to Port Said in Egypt (some 250 km) is what they might prefer! Take it easy, Amira, and be realistic. Better concern yourself with the economic connection between Gaza and West Bank. And these are also dominated by security concerns.

    from the article: Strangled in Gaza
    First published 00:00 22.03.06 | Last updated 00:00 22.03.06
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