Gaza: Failed Siege

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March 03, 2009 “The Guardian

Pledging aid for Gaza is the easy bit. Getting it delivered to Gazans living in tents after Israel’s three-week bombardment is another matter. The $3bn that donors promised in Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday will have to penetrate a labyrinth of barriers and conditions, the complexity of which King Minos of Crete would have been proud. The money will be given to the Palestinian Authority, not Hamas, even though the PA’s writ does not run in Gaza. The aid will pass through crossings currently closed by Israel. It will be distributed in such a manner as to avoid ending up in the hands of its governors. But how? This is like trying to spoon a thin gruel into a dying man, without letting it touch any part of his throat.

Forget the difficulty of getting macaroni or paper into Gaza, neither of which fell into Israel’s definition of humanitarian aid. How can the 14,000 homes, 219 factories, 240 schools, which Israel destroyed, or damaged, be repaired without cement? Cement, Israel argues, has a dual use. It can be used to build Hamas’s bunkers and tunnels, although the dual use of macaroni and paper is harder to fathom. But why repair Gaza’s infrastructure, if Israeli warplanes could return at any moment to destroy it again? Operation Cast Lead did not re-establish Israeli deterrence over Hamas and Gaza’s other rejectionist groups. About 120 rockets and mortars have been fired into southern Israel since the army withdrew. Which means, short of re-occupation and putting the leadership of Hamas on a boat to Tripoli, the only way to stop the rockets is political, not military.


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  3. All the efforts and pledges to donate money to rebuild Gaza will, almost guaranteed, be in vain, and very little of it, if any, will take place. And the obvious reason is the same reason why Gaza was destroyed in the first place, and that is Hamas’s control of the enclave. No one in the U.S. and Europe wants to deal with Hamas, and the U.S. and Israel will make sure it stays that way until Hamas changes its positions on many issues, but without Israel giving Hamas back anything in return to show for, and Hamas can’t simply do that, as that would be a political suicide for them, and will mean their end as a resistance movement among their base. Hamas wants international recognition as a major player in the conflict who must be a part and parcel of any peace negotiations, and again for the same reasons, they aren’t going to get that. In addition to the fact that there’s very little chance of a national unity government be formed that would include Hamas, as they and the Palestinian Authority have totally different agendas and strategies, which include, on both their parts, staying in power and control – and that can’t be reconciled any time soon. So we are at an impasse and with Netanyahu now at the helm of the Israeli government, and his fascist new ally Lieberman, who has no interest whatsoever in any realistic peace negotiations, with anyone for that matter, I see this quagmire only increasing and worsening, with a lot more blood shed on the way. Only the U.S. can make a difference in terms of making any sort of peace possible, but that would require the U.S. to really pressure Israel into making concessions, and neither Israel nor the U.S. are willing to go down that road and make any serious effort to solve this never-ending problem – at least one that has any chance of producing any results. In short, Israel is neither willing nor interested in making any concessions for the sake of peace, and the U.S. isn’t willing to risk the Israeli lobby’s wrath and the hefty political price it may have to endure if it tried to squeeze Israel in any serious way. But then, when nothing is going to be done for the Palestinians, we shouldn’t be shocked when more acts of violence will certainly ensue sooner or later, and the world over will, somehow, one way or another, pay the price for that.

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