Israel Cuts Gas Supplies to the Gaza Strip
In the face of daily rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip into Israel– 13 Kassam rockets and 12 mortar shells were reported fired on Tuesday– the Jewish state has declared the Palestinian-controlled territory an "enemy entity." The decision gives Israel the power to cut off all vital supplies to the region, including electricity and gas. Which they're about to do. Philadelphia's Bulletin quotes a military source who acknowledged the embargo's potential impact on Palestineans' lives and explained the tit-for-tat rationale for constricting fuel supplies. "There's no doubt that a gas shortage will make the Palestinians' lives more difficult. If they don't let us live and move around freely in the Sderot area and its surroundings, they won't move around freely either. Diesel and crude oil will enter the Gaza Strip regularly so as not to affect the ambulances, garbage trucks and fire trucks. As far as we're concerned, there's no problem if the terrorists and local police can't drive around in their private cars. The Palestinian civilians had better realize that Hamas doesn't care about them any more."
jkross22: I agree that the Palestinians have been abused by Arab powers, but this in no way relieves Israel of their crimes nor us for enabling them. Considerable resources have flowed into the Palestinian territories only to be destroyed by US-supplied, Israeli-operated planes and rockets. Regardless of resources, roadmaps, etc., Israeli settlements continue to expand, the roadblocks continue to stifle Palestinian movement within their own area, and Palestinians continue to be killed and abused on a daily basis that goes largely ignored here. We should change our behavior because it's the right thing to do, but, if that's not enough reason, because it would be in our interest in changing our image in the Arab world.
mel23: That would change our image in the Arab world?