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The Gaza Pit

Recently, the Jerusalem Post has published two articles about the Gaza Strip that paint remarkably compelling and enlightening pictures of the region.

The first was a reminiscence from Eliezer Whartman, who entered the strip after Israel captured it from Egypt in the Six Day War. He saw, first hand, what it had been like for the Arabs living there for almost two decades under Egyptian rule. After almost four decades the Israelis turned power over to the Palestinian Authority in 1994 and withdrew fully in 2005, a process that culminated in Hamas winning elections and taking power in 2007.

With the strip firmly in the hands of a terrorist organization whose declared purpose is the destruction of Israel and in the wake of an endless barrage of terrorist attacks and bombardment by rockets and mortars, Israel has had to flex its muscles and keep the assaults down to a dull roar. Naturally, this is denounced by much of the world as a form of “genocide” and even “a Holocaust.” Oddly enough, many of those making those comparisons also deny the original Holocaust — “the Jews are acting just like Nazis, who really weren’t so bad!”

Every now and then, stories like this second one from the Jerusalem Post sneak out and they should cause the world to do a rethink. While Israel complains about Palestinians digging tunnels under their borders to smuggle weapons (from Egypt into Gaza as well as from Gaza into Israel proper), it’s cooperating with Palestinians to dig a tunnel that will supply fuel and cooking oil from Israel into the Gaza Strip. And while Israel is stringing up wire to keep out Palestinians, it is also stringing up wire to carry electricity to them.

Naturally, this story ruins the popular narrative, so it won’t get the coverage it deserves.


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