The Rafah crossing issue - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 26.07.07 | 15:31 (IDT)

    "My people are on the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing, and with the assistance of the Red Cross, ensure that the sick are allowed to leave for treatment in Israel. This is also the case at Sufa and Kerem Shalom crossings, where humanitarian aid goes through to Gaza.. We are now working on a solution to the problem of the Rafah crossing, but there is no official Palestinian side in Rafah." - al-Sheikh The Rafah crossing is the only one connecting Gaza to Egypt without going thru Israeli territory. Until the Hamas takeover, it was used for movement of people, not goods (because of custom agreement with Israel). Abbas now is objecting to its reopening. There can be PA border control people there, just as in Kerem Shalom or Erez, but Abbas refuses. The reason: This is the way to keep Haniyeh and the rest of the Hamas leadership locked inside Gaza without access to the world. If they try to cross to Egypt thru Kerem Shalom, they will be arrested by Israel. A very neat arrangement. To put pressure on Abbas, Hamas is not allowing people to cross thru Kerem Shalom. The Gazans stuck in Egypt will have to wait. Likewise, Gaza students needing to leave will have to wait. We will have to wait too, and see who wins this "war of wills". I am not ready to pass moral judgment yet, but am inclined to blame Abbas for "collaboration". It seems improper to rely on Israeli help in internal struggles.

    from the article: Israel, PA resume West Bank civil co-ordination severed in Jan.
    First published 00:00 26.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.07.07
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