Consequences of the pointless policy of besieging Gaza - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 07.07.11 | 19:56 (IDT)

    Originally, the "Gaza siege" policy was motivated as the means to make the Gaza population unhappy with Hamas rule and induce them to overthrow it. It didn't work. The policy failed to achieve its goal, but was continued nevertheless under changing explanations (the latest is the Shalit excuse). Only after the "flotilla I" debacle is the policy changing somewhat, but not sufficiently to stop devastating the Gaza economy. How much damage can a pointless, visibly failed policy cause? 1. Operation Cast Lead (late 2008) was caused by the pointless "siege" policy. Hamas offered to continue the then prevailing cease fire provided that Israel lifts the siege. Israel refused. Result: Abbas had to stop peace negotiations with Israel. Olmert said he was very close to a deal with the PA, but then Cast Lead "happened". No, idiot, it didn't just happen, Olmert preferred the "siege" over a peace deal. Such an incredible choice should go into the history books! 2. The Turkish-led "flotilla" incident caused the loss of a strategically important friend (Turkey). Also, the Egyptian people became appalled by Mubarak's participation in the siege. They are even more angry at Israel. 3. In addition, more flotillas, demonstrations, and world-wide castigation of Israel are expected as long as Gaza remains an economically ruined place with nearly 50% unemployment. What a self-inflicted wound for no good reason!

    from the article: Israel instructs foreign airlines to prevent departure of 300 pro-Palestinian activists
    First published 19:07 07.07.11 | Last updated 19:07 07.07.11
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