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The Good And The Bad Of That Breach In Gaza

Posted by Atilla89 on January 26, 2008

Simply put there are both positives and negatives that have occurred from this breach. To be honest, I think the positives far out way the negatives in turns of a strategic advantage to Israel. The negatives: As should be obvious to anyone, Hamas is now going to be rearming and will no be able to fire more rockets, not that they haven’t been managing to get shipments of arms through the Sinai, but I will come to that later. Of course, the positive thing about this breach, for the Palestinians that is, is that 350,000 people have been able to cart away whatever they want from Egyptian markets, take that as you will. Another negative is the fact that;

‘Israeli security officials said Hamas and other militant groups had already exploited the breach in the border wall to send “numerous” armed men into Sinai with the aim of infiltrating into Israel along the long, largely undefended, border between Sinai and Israel. The Israeli road running the length of the border was yesterday shut to civilian traffic and the army deployed reinforcements in the area.’ (link below)

I will get to the positives later because of an interesting point here. In this article (The Australian),

‘Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilna’i said yesterday the breakout into Egypt was an opportunity for Israel to rid itself of its responsibility to supply Gaza with electricity and water and to serve as a channel for Gaza’s imports and exports.’

The pressure of Gaza has exploded and instead of shooting straight at Israel, its gone in the completely opposite direction and hit at Egypt. Now this is a significant event because, it was almost entirely of the Egyptians own making, it was them who allowed the shipments of weapons across the Sinai and it was them who looked on as Hamas systematically destroyed the barrier which allowed them to go into Egypt. Another artical by Noah Pollack written in Commentary Magazine says that:

‘When Israel asked Egypt to do a better job of policing the Sinai to prevent weapons smuggling, the Egyptians replied that they would like to do more, but cannot because the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt limits the number of soldiers that Egypt can station in the Sinai. In other words, Egypt simultaneously said to Israel: not only will we not help you suppress Hamas, but if you want us to even consider doing so, the price will be a renegotiation of our 30-year-old peace treaty to allow us a greater military presence on your border.’

Now the Egyptian argument to my mind is crap and it is a cop out, there are a number of solutions that they could have embraced, one such would have been working with Israel. This is also begs the questions, how come Egypt was so adept at nabbing Sudanese refugees running from genocide and yet can not stop these shipments?

Another point that I would like to raise is a comment made by a Hamas official (in the Australian article linked above):

A Hamas official warned yesterday that the next breakout from the Gaza Strip could be into Israel, with 500,000 Palestinians attempting to march towards the towns and villages from which they or their parents fled or were expelled 60 years ago.

“This is not an imaginary scenario and many Palestinians would be prepared to sacrifice their lives,” said Ahmed Youssef, political adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.

Now just stop and let that sink in for a minute. What Hamas is in essence declaring is war. Stop for a moment and forget about that the hundreds of rockets that have fallen in Israel, and just concentrate on this. Hamas, in its own words wants to send (by that I mean essentially kill) 500,000 of its own kind by marching on to the whole of Israel. If Israel doesn’t treat that as an act of war, well then, I would be very, very confused. As I see it, if Hamas even dares this, all Israel has to do is push these people back and just ruthlessly crush Hamas in the Gaza Strip, whatever the cost.

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One Response to “The Good And The Bad Of That Breach In Gaza”

  1. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptSimply put there are both positives and negatives that have occurred from this breach. To be honest, I think the positives far out way the negatives in turns of a strategic advantage to Israel. The negatives: As should be obvious to anyone, Hamas is now going to be rearming and will no be able to fire more rockets, not that they haven’t been managing to get shipments of arms through the Sinai, but I will come to that later. Of course, the positive thing about this breach, for the Palestinians that is, is that 350,000 people have been able to cart away whatever they want from Egyptian markets, take that as you will. Another negative is the fact that; ‘Israeli security officials said Hamas and other militant groups had already exploited the breach in the border wall to send “numerous” armed men into Sinai with the aim of infiltrating into Israel […] […]

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