Gaza fears economic asphyxia with the closing down of the tunnels towards Egypt
It was pointed out recently that the Egyptian State is closing down the tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. Cairo suspects Palestinians who come from Gaza to have attacked a frontier post between Israel and Egypt in which 16 Egyptian soldiers died. So the Egyptian State is closing the smuggling tunnels. This will cause hardship in the Gaza strip: “A third of all cheeses, go through the tunnels”, said Hassan Abou Shabad, the owner of a grocery shop. A kilo coming from Egypt costs 8 shekels [1,6 euro] , against 24 shekels for its equivalent coming from Israel. Given the difficulties, the people who live in Gaza seek the cheapest goods.” Certain brands of chips and biscuits have already disappeared from the shelves. The price of sugar and powder milk has gone up. “It is now nine days since the tunnels have been closed. If it continues, the prices are going to hit the roof,” says a shop-owner.
Source: Le Monde, 16 August, 2012.
A solution will have to be found by the Palestinian Authority. Hamas aren’t interested in a solution. “We want security cooperation with Egypt but not with the Zionist enemy,” Ismail Haniya, the Hamas leader said as he addressed thousands of worshippers gathered in Gaza City for traditional prayers marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The Gaza strip situation cannot last. Many leftists all over the world support Hamas. They support it from afar. They could not live there, they who are used to all their comforts! In fact it seems they do not want to find a solution to that problem. Because they want to see the disappearance of Israel. Many live in a Manichean simplistic world…