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    • 04.11.11 | 15:57 (IST)

    The Egyptians have opened the Rafah crossing to PEOPLE only, not to GOODS. They are not fools, and are not willing to take upon themselves the burden of Gaza; they prefer to leave it to Israel. The Gazans are still unable to import some raw materials and export finished goods to the outside world. As long as this situation continues, the Gaza economy will remain in a very poor state and the flotilla problem, intended to call attention to the Gaza suffering, will remain. Of course, Israel should lift the economic siege which has failed to achieve any intended goal. The original intent of the siege was to get the Gazans to overthrow Hamas, which was not acieved. Later, new excuses were found, the latest being Shalit's captivity. Now that Shalit was released, let us watch out for a new improved excuse. All this said, the military threat from Gaza remains real. The air and sea blockade will have to remain in place. An economic recovery will take the wind out of the sails of future flotillas.

    from the article: Israel Navy intercepts Gaza-bound aid vessels; no injuries reported
    First published 13:36 04.11.11 | Last updated 16:22 04.11.11
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