Consequences of the pointless policy of besieging Gaza - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 31.10.11 | 03:47 (IST)

    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 says 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 promptly allowed people to move in and out of Gaza, although no goods. (They leave this chore to 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! (Incidentally, the recent missile barrages by Islamic Jihad don't seem to be related to the siege.)

    from the article: Israel must end the Gaza blockade
    First published 03:21 31.10.11 | Last updated 03:21 31.10.11
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