Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Few of the press commentaries have even commented on Israel role in creating the dreadful humanitarian conditions in Gaza prior to the Gaza war. Rachman makes the important point that the sine qua non for Hamas to agree in December to a six-month extension of the ceasefire (tahdiyeh) was for Israel to end the embargo of Gaza. Israel had agreed to allow the free flow of goods into Gaza when it agreed to the ceasefire in June 2008, but never lived up to its side of the deal. Sara Roy and I discuss this in our "Endgame" piece (see below).