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.
Iran's oil exports to South Korea quadruple to 400,000 barrels a day after sanctions lift (Reuters)
from the article: Israel Navy intercepts Gaza-bound aid vessels; no injuries reported
Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 5 comments