The need to preempt Iran and export gas to Egypt was the reason the government gave to push through its controversial plan for Israel's natural gas. Now, this reason may no longer exist.08:52 31.08.15 | 1 comments
Israel's problem with the blockade is that Israel has no long term goal but maintaining the status quo forever. If Israel would freeze construction in Jerusalem and cut a deal with the PA which would include lifting the blockade, then the blockade would have some tangible value. But if Israel's electoral politics makes that a nonstarter, then what is the point of the blockade? A blockade in and of itself won't get rid of Hamas. Keeping weapons out of Gaza does not require a full blockade of all but basic food and medicine. It's a pity that Isael's right wing is so strong and self defeating that it will never make peace on any of the standard land for peace arrangements that have been discussed for almost 20 years, but if that's the reality, what is the point of making Gazan day to day lives more difficult than may be necessary in the short term?