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Letter from Israel
David Frankfurter
Israel to open Gaza border crossings? 
10th-Jun-2009 07:19 pm

The Israeli cabinet met today to discuss mounting US led international pressure for Israel to further open Gaza crossing points.

The discussion comes just a day after the IDF foiled a major border attack involving 10 Palestinian gunmen, mortars and booby-trapped horses. Apparently all part of a plan to breach the border, kill Israelis and hopefully (for them) kidnap another Israeli soldier. And it comes as we approach the 3 year anniversary of the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit - 3 years that the Palestinians have cruelly refused to meet their obligations under the Geneva Conventions to allow Red Cross access - let alone his release or even just a sign of life.

And what good would come of additional goods allowed through the border?  Just two days ago, Palestinian Media Watch published translations of May 20 2009 reports by the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,  confirming that thousands of tons of medical equipment - including 46 ambulances stripped of their equipment and painted black to be used as military vehicles - have been hijacked by Hamas for direct military use or for re-sale to the population after confiscation.  So much for the humanitarian aid that Israel allows through the borders.  It just supports Hamas' nefarious activities.

So does this seem auspicious timing for the US to be pressuring Israel to lower its border defences?  Wouldn't the US be better off putting pressure on Hamas to conform to its obligations under international law, stop all violence against Israel and remove its jackboot from the necks of its own citizens?

What many Israelis find strange, though, is what seems to be US pressure for Israel to leave its settlements in Judea and Samaria.  The broad Israeli consensus is that it would turn into another Gaza, with a Hamas take-over just a matter of time. Aside from the inevitable rocket attacks on all of Israel's civilian population, they question what would be gained by allowing the destruction of the infant West Bank economy as happened in Gaza?

10th-Jun-2009 06:07 pm (UTC) - Send this letter to the mass media
Very well said David. I agree with all of your points. You should send this to the NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, etc. The modern day Chamberlains and bleeding heart liberals need to read this.

Mike Engelhardt
10th-Jun-2009 06:13 pm (UTC) - Re: Send this letter to the mass media
Thanks, Mike.
I always ask my readers to do is to put this into their own words & send it to their local and international newspapers. They listen much more closely to their own constituents.
Please do this.

10th-Jun-2009 08:59 pm (UTC) - Gaza
Very cogent article, David.

Americans are seduced by two things: Barack Obama's fancy rhetoric, and the phrase "two states living side by side in peace and security"

Obviously both are based in pure fantasy. Americans do love their fantasies.

We have learned nothing. 9/11 with its obvious lessons taught us nothing a'tall.

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