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This will not work.

It starts well.

Gaza’s misery does not make Israel safer. Peace is impossible until the blockade is lifted and people can regain their dignity.

Agreed. The question is who is making Gazans miserable? Is it their neighbours or is it the Islamist gang who have ceased control of the place and are using it essentially as a base to wage terrorism from? I suspect it is overwhelmingly the later and if this means Israel must intensify the misery and therefore the resentment of Abdul Q Gazan then that is a feature and not a bug for Hamas.

Israel rightly boasts a fine education system and world-class universities; next door, many children are denied basic schooling. Why? Because the conflict has led to the destruction of many school buildings, and the blockade denies Gaza the bricks and cement it needs to rebuild them or to replace the ruins that litter the countryside. The blockade hurts ordinary people, prevents reconstruction and fuels radicalism.

Does anyone honestly think Hamas will get their shipments of building materials and build schools? Nope it will be fortifications and bunkers. Anyway, keeping the populace in ignorance is another feature and not a bug. An educated populace might ask questions… I must re-iterate that Hamas are Islamists and Israel is just target one and Islamists don’t like education. Note that Hamas control all media in Gaza and use it primarily for propaganda. Especially kids TV shows. Remember that mouse character that on a kiddie show was tortured to death by the IDF? It’s not exactly Iggle Piggle is it?

But the blockade is not completely effective. Many goods are smuggled in through illegal tunnels, including rockets that are used to target Israel. Goods are destined not for those in need, but for those with money and clout. Far from improving civil society, these tunnels degrade it further.

The treatment of cancer is not always completely effective either – should we stop training doctors? And does the author honestly think that if Hamas had a higher import capacity it would use it all for food and medicines, maybe patio furniture and soft toys as well? Pull the other one! More rockets!

Meanwhile, as I saw for myself, normal, decent people, denied the chance to lead normal lives, become progressively more resentful.

Yes, obviously but they are blaming the wrong people! It’s like North Korea. They blame the US Imperialists for their woes. The answer lies much closer to home. It so often does.

Two questions arise. How can we improve the daily lives of the people of Gaza? And how can we enhance the security of the people of Israel? These questions must be answered together, for any attempt to answer them separately is doomed to fail.

Might I humbly suggest that the only answer to both starts with the overthrow of Hamas? That’s an absolute requirement. But they were democratically elected, Nick!. Well, one wonders how “democratic” it was… At our recent election I didn’t see anyone on the stump totting an assault rifle in a threatening manner. And it was hardly democratic to storm the Fatah building and start defenestrating the vanquished political foe afterwards was it? That’s medieval at best. For democracy to work some semblance of civilization must underpin it.

That is why I am seeking to reopen the crossings into Gaza, permanently, for humanitarian aid, commercial goods and civilians to and from Gaza. This is what the United Nations Security Council and the European Union have demanded; it is also what Israel agreed with the Palestinian Authority in 2005.

“Civilians” going in and out of Gaza have a habit of going Kaboom! on buses and in cafes. Quite what any of this conceivably has to do with the EU anyway is also beyond me. And as to the 2005 agreement. Fine if Hamas hadn’t kicked off again. But they did.

On my trip to Gaza I bought some fabulous handicrafts made by remarkable women who have overcome daunting conditions; I want an end to the ban that prevents their world-class rugs and scarves and ornaments being sold and enjoyed around the world.

Nobody minds the rugs and handicrafts being exported. If those rugs are that fine I might even be tempted to get one myself. But what else would they export? Note “remarkable women”. What would the men export? Not fruit and veg from the Zionist market gardens they trashed so nihilistically when Israel finally withdrew. The men will be exporting rockets, terror and murder.

Today I shall chair a meeting of the 27 Foreign Ministers of the European Union.

Bully for you. I hope some of them aren’t as naive as you. [collapses in giggles].

We shall examine a practical plan to allow the people of Gaza to bring in what they need. Instead of a list of a very restricted number of products, there should be a short, agreed list of prohibited goods about which Israel has legitimate security concerns. The European Union has trained staff on the ground who could help to implement this at Gaza’s border, letting permitted goods through and keeping banned goods out.

But it isn’t practical. This is the EU bunging them aid, right? The more aid Gaza gets the more it doesn’t have to do anything economically to the purpose which means they have more time to practice the Palestinian national sport of amateur rocketry.

Finding an agreed way to lift the blockade will not be easy. It needs the co-operation of both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

That is a serious suggestion! Wow! Hamas have in their foundational charter as a key article their commitment to the total destruction of Israel. That’s like saying if we could’ve just got that nice Mr Hitler and that Nice Mr Churchill round the table in 1940… Coming from “the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy” that is staggering.

However, success would be a real prize for the cause of peace. It would certainly restore some normality in Gaza.

Yes, it would be a real prize for peace. And I wouldn’t mind winning the Lotto jackpot either. Utter wishful thinking and worse than that Hamas will see it as a partial victory, a concession and then they’ll want more whilst still doing the same old because that is normality in Gaza. Normality is hatred and war and staggeringly high unemployment. It’s not buying trinkets and rugs in the market you know. That’s for senior EU officials.

That, in turn, could pave the way to a serious peace settlement that is the only certain way to prevent further loss of life on either side.

Palestine must have more road maps by now than the Automobile Association!

We know what the elements for a lasting peace are. The time has come to start bringing them together.

Do you? Been gazing in the Plantir again? Actually that is unfair. I actually know. It is getting Hamas out and a government that actually wants peace. It’s that simple. And can we please forget the “two state solution”. Tying together two geographically separated Islamic entities with different economies and of different sizes has been tried before and it ended in tears. Three states might just work. Might

“We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us”.
-Golda Meier.

I don’t know when Mrs Meier said that but she died in 1978.

7 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    You can have peace more quickly when you stop waging war.

    Gaza has always had that choice, even if it keeps choosing the latter condition.

    As for education, you can do this at home. Great and noble buildings aren’t what makes education work; they may help inspire but they do not provide the teaching. And in the Islamist world, universities and higher education are all about teaching yet more of the Koran.

    No doubt including the parts of the Koran with all those passages about killing Jews and Infidels.

  2. CountingCats says:

    Seriously, the good baroness lives in a dream world. I guess that’s why she was chosen for her post.

  3. El Draque says:

    As usual, a picture tells a thousand words.
    Long ago, I actually worked side by side with some labourers from Gaza.
    This was on an arachaeological dig at Tel Lachish, north Negev. I assisted with some digging and brushing away of dirt from the base of a wall, the kids from Gaza carried the material away in barrows.
    So, these lads were the “hewers of wood and drawers of water”. I, an amateur, was helping the scientists.
    But, they were free to travel into Israel to work. Unemployment in Gaza had fallen from 40% to 10% thanks to the work in Israel.
    Came the lunch break, in the heat of the day.
    I sat with the professors and students round a table, under an awning. We had sandwiches and fruit juice.
    The Gaza labourers sat on the ground, in the open, no protection while they ate their lunch.
    Very much second-class citizens.

    Repeat such things for long enough, and you get polarisation. The situation now, is so polarised that I can’t see a way back.

    Sad but I fear true.

  4. RAB says:

    Yes the good unelected to anything at anytime Baroness, who is now the EU Foreign Affairs Minister, representing 260 million of us (oh God help us everyone!) sounds like that chirpy twat from Location Location Location, who thought it a great idea to do a series on make your own xmas presents.
    She bought a world class rug did she? Well exporting those in large numbers is sure to solve the problem isn’t it?
    The reality is this, you stupid sack of touchy feely crap, which comes from a Mail article by Robert Hardman recently…

    I eventually track down one of these famous tunnels.

    They all lead to houses over the border in Egypt, where supplies of black market goods are easily procured and the authorities are less rigorous than the Israelis.

    Previously a civil servant on £75 a month, Abu Ahmed, 35, is now an oligarch having built an astonishing piece of engineering beneath a flapping plastic tent on a bombsite.

    It’s an 80ft vertical drop, which then runs for more than half-a-mile to an Egyptian cellar. It took two teams of ten men six months to build it.

    Now, in a good month, it can turn over £200,000. Abu Ahmed has expanded to five tunnels and employs around 100 men.

    ‘We can shift 40 tons a day through here,’ he says with a shrug. ‘I charge around $100 for a motorbike and $15 for a sack of food. We bring everything.’

    Everything? ‘We have carried sheep, goats, birds, fish, a baby camel, lions – but only small ones, and they were injected.’ He agrees to lower me on a makeshift plastic seat.

    The mere sight of the tunnel would bring your average British health and safety official out in rash, but I am determined to see the hole which can deliver a lion and a washing machine on the same day.

    It is so deep that, despite the contraband fairy lights lining the shaft, I cannot see the bottom.

    A winch lowers me a little more rapidly than I was expecting. At the bottom, Abu Ahmed’s younger brother Hassan tells the boss, via an intercom, that I am in one piece and shows me around.

    It’s just like the Great Escape, but much bigger and with lighting and rudimentary air conditioning. In some parts I can stand upright. Motors haul the goods along on a ten-foot plastic tray.

    I am not going to hang around. Tunnels often collapse and Israeli aircraft have been known to bomb suspicious sites.

    Abu Ahmed tells me that the previous week six men in a rival tunnel were killed by a leaking gas canister. ‘They were smoking,’ he says, tutting and drawing hard on his cigarette.

    I ask him if he has ever smuggled weapons. ‘You think I’m mad?’ he laughs. ‘This place is full of spies. I run a respectable operation and I don’t want trouble.’

    Hamas earn a very decent income taxing the tunnels. So, now that he is a rich man, is he happy? ‘Of course not. I wish I could emigrate. I don’t want my children growing up prisoners.’

    Baby Camels? Lions?? These people are really desperate arn’t they? Leo Burger anyone?
    The fact is that Hamas have the guns and the Gazans have the ingenuity to survive anyway they can. The solution is not to get Israel (and Egypt, lest we forget) to lift the blockade, but to get rid of Hamas and its guns and rockets, because the cunts are doing the same thing to Gaza that the PLO did to Lebanon.

  5. Sam Duncan says:

    “Finding an agreed way to lift the blockade will not be easy. It needs the co-operation of both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”

    And Egypt. Don’t forget Egypt, Your Highrepresentativeness. I mean, it’s not like its border is exactly open either.

    See, surely – and this is just me, not the Baroness with all her titles and… and… er, everything – if the “international community” so desperately wants aid to get to Gaza, and the mean old Israelis are being so goshdarn unreasonable about it, they could just get it in through those nice chaps in Egypt, who would, no doubt, be all too keen to help their Muslim brothers in need, right? Right? Baroness? Hello? Anyone?

  6. Paul Marks says:

    “Remove the Jews and there will be peace” – this is the not so hidden message of the international academic, media and poltical elite (including the members of this elite who are from Jewish families – the “self hating” Jew being a long tradition).

    Well the experiment was tried in Gaza – not only were all Israeli security forces removed, but also all Jewish farmers were removed as well (their greenhouses were soon smashed up by the local forces of Islam). Well how did the Islamic forces respond to this removal of the Jews?

    They devoted all their efforts to building rockets and fireing them at Israel.

    I think this experiment shows the “remove the Jews and their will be peace” thesis is false.

    And, of course, the removal of Christian Arabs in both Gaza and the “West Bank” (much of which is closer to the Med than to the West Bank of the river Jordan – the land almost cuts Israel in two) continues – either ignored by the media or blamed on the wicked Jews.

    The international elite (in education, media and politics) do not grap the nature of Islam – although they may find out one day, the hard way.

  7. NickM says:

    Paul,
    I think what annoys me most about the “elite” is that they have simply grasped at a “solution” without thinking it through at all. Not for the first time. It is staggering the number of people who despite it being widely reported still think Israel “occupies” Gaza. Staggering. I used to be more charitable and think it was largely a knee-jerk desire to support the perceived “underdog” or a romantic attachment to the “revolutionary” against “the man” (how very ’60s) but now I think it’s to a very large extent outright (and frequently poorly disguised) anti-semitism.

    A lot of the Nazi schtick was that because the Jews were landless they were parasites upon the other nations. Now there is a Jewish homeland (secular though it is) they are vicious grabbers of land. Can’t really win. In the case of such a ludicrous contradiction then all I can blame is pure hatred.

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