Israel needs to rethink its Gaza strategy before it's too late - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Louis Sacks
    • 11.01.10 | 06:15 (IST)

    I wish it were that simple. Virtually all humanitarian aid and attempts to help build self-sustaining infrastructure that Gaza has been given since Israel withdrew has been immediately destroyed or stolen by Hamas to buy weapons and to further impoverish Gazans - THEIR OWN PEOPLE. Israel could have been a helpful friend and neighbor for all these many years if Palestinian politics had encouraged peaceful and friendly relations with Israel. Hamas does this to make Israel seem like "the strong, crushing a helpless underdog". Human nature "assumes" a suffering underdog MUST be the victim of an outside power. Hamas and other "Palestinian causes" both created and sustains the horrible catastrophe in Gaza for their political purposes. Dropping blockades always makes it much worse. Criticism of Israel by the UN and others does not help. What can be done?

    from the article: Israel needs to rethink its Gaza strategy before it's too late
    First published 02:27 11.01.10 | Last updated 09:30 11.01.10
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