While Hamas was celebrating its ‘victory’ against Israel in Pillar of Defense, external commentators were taking it to task for its failures. And there are many of them, all to do with looking after the population they rule over.
The current issue of the Economist, for example, has this:
Miserable and weak again
The Palestinians’ coastal enclave is abandoned once more, in every way
IN THE vanguard of the Islamist surge across the region a few years ago, Gaza’s Islamists now feel like the last men standing. Trapped between the Mediterranean sea and the walls of two hostile neighbours, Egypt and Israel, they wonder how long they, too, can survive. “It’s hopeless,” cries a senior man from Hamas, the Palestinians’ Islamist movement. “We tried democracy and we failed. We tried to reach out to the Israelis, accepting two states, and failed. We tried the armed struggle, and we paid the price.”
What? Accepting two states? Since when? The only two states they accepted were Jordan and Egypt!
In olden times a crossroads between Africa and Asia, the tiny enclave of Gaza has rarely felt more isolated. Egypt’s generals, who took power last summer, have destroyed 90% of the tunnels through which Gaza got its fuel, shrouding the place in darkness. Mothers wake at midnight when the electricity briefly flickers on, to flush toilets and iron clothes. Lifts in high-rise buildings do not work. Sewage flows untreated. Farmers, unable to irrigate their fields, face ruin. “I should never have tried it,” says the owner of a hotel that opened last summer, overlooking Gaza’s picturesque port. Paying for his generators costs him more than he earns in a night.
And this is the fault of?
Much of the mess is of Hamas’s own making. Carried away by the Arab awakening, its politburo abandoned its old patrons in Syria and Iran and rushed to embrace the Islamists who had taken power in Egypt. But the fall of its president, Muhammad Morsi, has left Hamas friendless. It has been kept out of the current negotiations, under America’s aegis, between Palestine and Israel. The only time the world seems to notice Gaza is when violence erupts. Gazans say they have dropped off the map.
Yes, much of the mess is Hamas’ own making. Bonus points for the Economist.
Wait a minute. What’s it not responsible for? Why are its relations so bad with Egypt? Could it be that little terror thing? You know, killing folk and the like? Could that have anything to do with it?
This suits most Israelis. “The past year was a great one,” says the commander of Israel’s division that watches Gaza, Brigadier Michael Edelstein, celebrating the ceasefire that Israel agreed on with Hamas a year ago. Missiles lobbed at Israel from Gaza have fallen from 1,500 last year to about 50 so far this year, he says. Thanks to Hamas forces guarding the frontier against militants, he adds, children in Israel’s border towns can sleep in their beds, not in shelters, and no longer go to school in armoured buses.
But Israel’s reciprocal promise to help revive Gaza’s economy has not been kept. Egypt’s closure of the tunnels and its border crossing at Rafah has left Gaza’s 1.8m people dependent on Israel. Food is allowed in but not—for example—solar panels, which could provide Gazans with an independent source of electricity. Israel stops most Gazan goods from being exported. Last month it joined Egypt in preventing building material from being brought in, because Hamas’s military arm, it says, uses such supplies for building fortifications—and for digging tunnels, like a recently discovered one that stretched 200 yards into Israel. Cement prices have quadrupled in the past few months and tens of thousands of labourers have lost work. Collective punishment, say the Gazans.
What the hell is this: “But Israel’s reciprocal promise to help revive Gaza’s economy has not been kept.
I posted at the site asking for a source for this. Answer came there none. But the damage has been done – again – because, it’s Israel’s fault.
Notice also how the 50 missiles are treated as if they are of no significance. Can we send the journalist to Sderot, and then see what he writes?
And why should Israel supply cement for terror tunnels? Hello? Is the Logic Department of the publication on holiday? It’s almost as if the hectoring tendencies of the Economist have been put on hold, because they have already gone too far by blaming Hamas!
If you want, you can read the whole thing here.