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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Europeans in Israel to force Gaza crossings open

A group of European leaders is making its way to Jerusalem where, Israelis are being told, the leaders will show support to Israel in its fight against Hamas. But at least one source says that the Europeans have a different agenda.
Sunday, a large group of European leaders from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic descends on Jerusalem. DEBKAfile's sources report they are coming ostensibly to show the flag for Israel, but they will also be on hand to ascertain that the Israeli military quits the Gaza Strip – even without the operation's goals being met – and also lean hard on Israel to open the six Gaza crossings as demanded by Hamas. They will also meet Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak at Sharm e-Sheikh.

The plan the European leaders have developed with Egypt provides a $1.6 billion aid package for the Gaza Strip's reconstruction.

The millions of tons of cement and supplies will be shipped to Israeli ports and delivered through the Gaza crossings over a period of years. Israel, they believe, will not be able to refuse to reopen the crossings, thereby bringing its embargo of the Gaza Strip to an end.
Okay, I know it's DEBKA and they're not always reliable. But this story is just too believable not to run.

Most of the world has no clue why Israel refuses to open those crossing points. They don't understand that when we let the 'Palestinians' buy flour they throw in fertilizer with sulfuric acid to make rockets, and when we let them buy sugar, they throw in potassium nitrate to make rockets, and when we let them buy basic staples, they throw in pallets full of camouflage uniforms. They don't understand that IDF soldiers who are stationed at the crossing points to inspect trucks and to facilitate their passage become targets for Hamas terrorists.

But then the 'siege' on Gaza was never the answer to terror. What's gone on the last three weeks was the answer to terror. And the cowards in power in Israel brought that to a halt too soon.


At 8:09 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Europeans will discover its easier to get Israel to stop shooting than to force Israel to accommodate Hamas. They made their choice and now have to live with it.

At 5:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those same European leaders should be the ones at the crossings getting shot at when you allow the aid to go in. Maybe then they will understand why the crossings get closed in the first place. This whole thing makes me so mad, why wont the world wake up and see what is going on. I sent an email to the AP today complaining about the bias in their articles, I doubt it will do any good but at least they know I don't buy their BS.


At 7:56 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I don't think any one in Israel buys the government's spin its self-inflicted defeat was some sort of great "victory." The Shin Bet said its only a matter of time before Hamas rebuilds the smuggling tunnels. More to the point, if all the government really wanted was a hudna in the first place, it didn't need to have launched a pointless war to secure it. It could have just agreed to Hamas' conditions a month ago as it appears to be doing now. It endangered IDF soldiers' lives for nothing and this is treasonous and unforgivable.

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Ron said...

The problem, as I, an American, see it is that your political leaders don't put your country first. As a Jew, while I could emigrate to Israel, one of the main reasons I would not is this. Who wants to be in a country where the leaders treat the population with such disdain?

At 9:09 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Ron, Israel's political system is dysfunctional, corrupt and unaccountable to the public. Its in need of a drastic overhaul. The fundamental problem that blocks the needed change is the very people who benefit from that system at the expense of the country and its the people are the ones least likely to change it.


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