It's time to completely "disengage"
And, who is to blame for it all?
Why, Israel, of course.
If only Israel were to re-open the crossings from Gaza to Israel, whereby supplies could be trucked in, the humanitarian crisis would be over.
Not surprisingly, the government of Israel agrees.
Karni to be briefly reopened to let in limited food products
The defense establishment has decided to reopen the Karni cargo crossing between Israel and Gaza on Tuesday morning, despite terror warnings from the Strip, Israel Radio reported.
According to the radio report, the crossing will be opened for a short amount of time, and only in order to let into the coastal strip limited foodstuffs.
I must admit, I am at a loss.
Why is this Israel's problem?
When the State of Israel expelled the thousands of Jews who lived in Gush Katif and the rest of Gaza and pulled the army out, they were said to be completely disengaging from Gaza.
As such, any humanitarian issues that exists in Gaza should be handled by the democratically elected representatives of the "Palestinians" - namely, Hamas. If the "Palestinians" are interested in having independence, they should start taking some responsibility for their own lives and not expect the Jewish State of Israel (which Hamas is committed to destroying) to help them get by.
Furthermore, the "Palestinians" and Hamas are in full control of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt (a subject which I have covered extensively: 1, 2, 3 and 4). Why can't humanitarian aid reach Gaza through there? Why isn't Egypt lining up convoys of supply trucks to help their Arab / Muslim brothers? If the EU and UN are so concerned, why not send ships / planes full of humanitarian aid to Egypt, and have them reach Gaza through the Rafah crossing?
It's time for the State of Israel to make it absolutely clear to the "Palestinians" and the rest of the world, that when they expelled the thousands of Jews who were living in Gaza and withdrew the IDF, that she was leaving and locking the door behind her (never to be re-opened until the day that Jews would return to rebuild their homes and communities).
As part of this absolute disengagement from Gaza, the State of Israel will not:
* Provide any aid whatsoever, be it material or financial to Gaza.
* Provide water and electrical services to Gaza (as is currently the case). From now on, Hamas can make its own arrangements in this regard.
* Allow the entry of anyone from Gaza into Israel (in particular, Arab laborers).
The "Palestinians" have been calling for independence.
Here you go.
Hamas wants to liberate "Palestine".
I'm confident that between the EU, UN and the 22 Muslim / Arab countries in the world, the humanitarian crises in Gaza can and will be handled in an efficient, professional and compassionate manner.
And if not...
It's not Israel's problem.