Opinion | Gaza’s Miseries Have Palestinian Authors – by Bret Stephens – NYT

For the third time in two weeks, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have set fire to the Kerem Shalom border crossing, through which they get medicine, fuel and other humanitarian essentials from Israel. Soon we’ll surely hear a great deal about the misery of Gaza. Try not to forget that the authors of that misery are also the presumptive victims.

There’s a pattern here — harm yourself, blame the other — and it deserves to be highlighted amid the torrent of morally blind, historically illiterate criticism to which Israelis are subjected every time they defend themselves against violent Palestinian attack.

In 1970, Israel set up an industrial zone along the border with Gaza to promote economic cooperation and provide Palestinians with jobs. It had to be shut down in 2004 amid multiple terrorist attacks that left 11 Israelis dead.

In 2005, Jewish-American donors forked over $14 million dollars to pay for greenhouses that had been used by Israeli settlers until the government of Ariel Sharon withdrew from the Strip. Palestinians looted dozens of the greenhouses almost immediately upon Israel’s exit.

via Opinion | Gaza’s Miseries Have Palestinian Authors – The New York Times

David Lindsay:  A strong and effective argument by Bret Stephens.  I remain unconvinced. Here are two comments I recommended:

Jeffrey Waingrow
Sheffield, MA

On the face of it, this is a reasonably compelling argument. But It would be even more persuasive if Mr. Stephens would explain how the continuing building of settlements is not a provocation that realistically says to the Palestinians that they have no future. I’ve yet to hear a compelling argument to justify the building of settlements in contested areas.

 

Rob commented May 16

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Rob

The Israelis have all the power and with power comes responsibility. The Palestinians have zero power and nothing to lose. That is why I have expectations of the Israelis. They are supposed to be better than this and have a lot more to lose.

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About David Lindsay Jr

David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. It was published by Footmad and Cherry Blossom Press on September 11, 2017. Find more about it at TheTaySonRebellion.com, also known as, DavidLindsayJr.com.
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