06/01/2010 (8:12 am)
Pretty simple question, really: if you’re so eager to get supplies to the Palestinians in Gaza, and the Israelis are the true villains in blocking those supplies, why didn’t you try to bring the supplies through the border guarded by Egypt?
This is the part of the story everybody wants to forget: Israel does not control all of Gaza’s borders. Egypt guards the southwest border. No blockade of Gaza would be possible if Egypt did not cooperate. Israel does not even occupy Gaza anymore (the statement in the graphic image is a little misleading); it simply claims maritime control of the Mediterranean shoreline. Goods could be delivered to coastal towns south of Gaza and driven overland through the Egypt-Gaza border. The truth of this is illustrated by today’s story reporting that Egypt has temporarily lifted its blockade of Gaza — Egypt’s blockade — to allow aid to Gaza in the wake of last week’s incident.
The attempted delivery of supplies, financed by an organization recognized as a terrorist financier, was never intended to arrive in Gaza. It was sent to create a public relations attack against Israel. The various nations of the world commenced with their periodic Dance of Outrage. It’s Kabuki Theater.
The truth is that Israel allows supplies into Gaza regularly, from suppliers that it trusts. It refuses to allow certain suppliers because if they were approved, the next set of ships would be delivering munitions. Egypt apparently complies with the blockade because they don’t want war on their border, either.
From the Washington Times editorial:
Adequate supplies of food, medicine and other necessary goods are delivered regularly to Palestinians in Gaza — and by the Israelis. The government in Jerusalem quickly invited reporters to the Kerem Shalom crossing to see, and photograph, the convoys of trucks delivering these goods to Gaza. The Israelis even offered to transfer the goods from the “activist” boats as soon as they could be unloaded and inspected. The sponsor of the “activist” armada, the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation, is regarded by Israel as a radical Islamist organization, part of a global fundraising operation for Hamas. If the Israelis allow such flotillas to deliver supplies to Gaza, other ships will follow, not with rice and beans but with explosives, rifles and long-range Iranian Fajr-5 missiles.
If we could get the reporters to ask a simple question like the one at the top of this article, they might wake up to the complicity of the Muslim nations surrounding Israel in a campaign to destroy that nation. The same reporters, discovering this complicity for the first time (assuming they’ve just been stupid, and not complicit themselves), might then be encouraged to ask a deeper follow-up question: why have none of the nations surrounding Israel permitted Palestinians to emigrate and become citizens of their nations?