The Israeli siege of Gaza devastated the Gaza economy and reduced most Gazans to pauperhood. The unintended consequence was the "flotilla" problem, where many activists worldwide are bringing the Gqaza economic situation to the world's attention. With the opening of the Rafah crossing by Egypt, Gazan will be able to come and go, and bring in some raw material to get its production going. However, who will buy those goods? The natural market for Gaza products is the West Bank and Israel itself. Nobody can demand of Israel to buy Gaza products, but what about the West Bankers? Of course, Israel will do nothing about it, and give everybody great reasons for its decision. I hope the Flotilla fever will be reduced sufficiently by Egypt's action, but if the Gaza economy remains tough, the flotillas will keep coming.
German finance minister says need to limit number of refugees coming to Europe (Reuters)