Human Interest


Breached Gaza Border Shakes Middle East

January 30, 2008 12:08 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The Israeli blockade on Gaza inspired Hamas to breach the border with Egypt. Attempts to stop the flow of Palestinians have met with resistance.

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In Asia Times Online, Syrian political analyst Sami Moubayed compared the Israeli blockade with the British government’s crackdown on the original 13 American colonies.

Moubayed’s article, titled “The Gaza 'Tea Party,'" argued  that even in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt—which normally toe the U.S. line in the region—support for American policy is dwindling as the situation in Gaza worsens.

However, Barry Rubin, at The Jerusalem Post, writes that backing for Israel in the West is on the rise.

In Rubin’s eyes, Hamas has little in common with the American revolutionaries. He summarizes the sentiments of a militant meeting in Gaza as he envisions it: “We’ll wage war on our stronger neighbor, Israel, and lose; destroy our economy; make our people suffer; ensure international sanctions continue against us, and alienate almost all Arab regimes.”

The current crisis in the Gaza Strip, which prompted Hamas militants to destroy the barrier on the Egyptian border on Jan. 22, sent thousands of Gazans storming into Egypt to load up on supplies.

An article in Der Spiegel states that the humanitarian crisis may be a “blessing in disguise for Israel.” The German newsmagazine quotes an Israeli official: “Cairo now has to solve the humanitarian problem that we have been dealing with until now.”

The Washington Post in a Jan. 24 staff editorial wrote that the Egyptian government should be doing its part to ensure law and stability prevail in the region. “Egypt’s obligation as a law-abiding state is to restore order on the border and prevent the ongoing and massive smuggling of armaments into Gaza. That would go a long way toward stopping the rockets.”

Headline Link: ‘The Gaza “Tea Party”’

Background: A timeline of the 2008 Hamas-Israeli conflict

Key Players: Hamas

Opinion & Analysis: The blockade


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