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    • Ben Gurion
    • 07.11.05 | 15:23 (IST)

    Hello Larry, I have been advocating the electricity shutoff for quite some time now. In relations between two countries, there are things you can do and some that you shouldn't do. If the neighboring country is friendly, you trade, you visit (tourists), etc. If they are not friendly, you cut off contact, commercial or otherwise. You sometimes maintain an embassy and sometimes not. For example, the US has no diplomatic relations with Iran even though there is no state of war between the two countries. If there are attacks from Gaza once they are free, nobody could or should expect Israel to maintain commercial relations with them. This is no longer a matter of "persecution" of the Palestinians. You are dealing with them as equals and you restrict commerce. Note that I am only suggesting a cutoff for a couple of days, enough to deliver the message to every household in Gaza. Hopefully they would see the possible effect of the justified sanctions and take care of their extremists. (They will, because Gaza is too vulnerable. Hamas will have to move operations to the West Bank, but this is another story.)

    from the article: Demons in the skies of the Gaza Strip
    First published 00:00 06.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 06.11.05
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