Noura Erakat’s piece on Gaza is so full of misinformation that it really is difficult to know where to begin. I will stick to the basics: when Israel pulled out of Gaza, the borders were left open. Only after repeated, deadly terror attacks on the border crossings of Karni and Kerem Shalom, and the intensified rocket fire coming from Gaza, along with the ongoing attempts to smuggle in more and more weaponry, were the borders closed. This is still not a blockade. Even today, with the fighting going on, hundreds of trucks w/ goods pass into Gaza every day from Israel. And, Gaza has a long border with Egypt, out of Israel’s control. Ask the Egyptians what they think about their neighbors. There is no question that after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, an attempt to turn the area into a Riviera in the Middle East would have been met with universal cooperation and assistance, first and foremost from Israel. Hamas traded that possibility for rockets, missiles, terror tunnels, and RPGs.
Shimon Felix (rabbi)
Jul 27 2014 - 2:45am