UN Mideast Envoy Warns of Gaza Collapse (But As Usual, Blames Israel)

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs said it well:
“The Palestinians in Gaza voted overwhelmingly for Hamas, and got exactly what they wanted—a radical Islamic government that could not care less about their welfare.”

I couldn’t agree more. If the pali terrorist were interested in the welfare of their people, they would be using their aid money to improve the infrastructure rather than just buying more weapons to kill more innocent Israeli civilians.
The pali people are ignorant, willful, cannon fodder. Poor souls.

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Mideast envoy warned Wednesday of impending economic collapse in the Gaza Strip unless Israel reopens the Hamas-led territory’s main commercial crossing to the outside world to ease international isolation.

Michael Williams said the closure of the Karni crossing in early June has prevented the export of agricultural and industrial goods to Israel, the West Bank and elsewhere, as well as the import of materials needed for manufacturing and construction. The restriction has brought the Gaza economy to a standstill.

The World Bank estimates that 75 percent of Gaza’s factories have closed and more than 68,000 Palestinian workers have been laid off as a result, he said.

“Unless the crossings are open for imports and exports, the downward economic spiral will lead to extensive hardship for an already impoverished Gaza Strip,” Williams told the U.N. Security Council in his regular monthly briefing on the Middle East.

Since Hamas took over Gaza in mid-June, Israel has only permitted shipments of food and basic supplies into Gaza through two smaller passages.

Israel, which shuns Hamas as a terrorist organization, says it cannot reopen Karni without forces it has ties with at the crossing to coordinate border traffic. Gaza militants also keep attacking Karni and other crossings, making it too dangerous for Israeli border officials to operate them.

Williams said Palestinian militants fired 192 rockets and mortar shells at Gaza’s crossings and into Israel in the last month. He said Hamas’ military wing was responsible for most of the attacks on the crossings, while Islamic Jihad fired most of the rockets and mortars into Israel.

“Israel is fully cooperating with the relative U.N. agencies to ensure the constant flow of foodstuff and medicine into Gaza to ensure there are no humanitarian shortages, and the international community confirms that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said in Jerusalem.

“Israel will be ready to reopen the crossings when the Palestinians get their house together regarding security at the crossings,” he added.

Williams also said 6,000 Palestinians are trapped in Egypt, unable to return to Gaza because of the closure of the Rafah border terminal since June 9.

“It is particularly worrying that very little progress has been made to resolve the question” of these Palestinians, he said.

Israel has proposed rerouting the stranded Palestinians through the Kerem Shalom crossing, near the meeting point of Gaza, Egypt and Israel. Egypt has supported the idea, but Hamas has rejected it, saying travelers must be allowed to return through Rafah, which is not controlled by Israel.

In his report, Williams praised the quick response of the international community to provide financial aid and political support to the Fatah-led government set up in the West Bank by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his pro-Western prime minister, Salam Fayyad.

He said Gaza and the West Bank cannot remain separated in the long term, but added “there are no immediate prospects for reconciliation” between the two sides.

Hamas trounced Fatah in 2006 legislative elections, setting off more than a year of factional strife that culminated with Hamas’ violent takeover of the Gaza Strip last month. Abbas responded by forming an emergency government based in the West Bank.

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2 Responses to “UN Mideast Envoy Warns of Gaza Collapse (But As Usual, Blames Israel)”

  1. michael says:

    Unless the crossings are open for imports and exports, the downward economic spiral will lead to extensive hardship for an already impoverished Gaza Strip

    Why? What map of Gaza is the UN envoy using; the one I have shows a seacoast and a border with Egypt, in addition to the border with Israel. Both of those routes are available for palestinian smuggling operations (remember the Philadelphi Corridor tunnels, and the Korine A?), so why not use them to openly transport humanitarian aid?

    Why is Gaza’s economic problem automatically Israel’s responsibility?

  2. Steve says:

    It’s just so much easier to blame Israel than to use common sense.

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