"What would you do if Mexico were shooting rockets at the U.S.?" This is the kind of bumper-sticker rhetoric that passes for serious argument to justify Israel's attack on Gaza. Sad, when the counter-argument is so obvious and relevant: What would you do if all your borders and air space were totally controlled by a foreign power, preventing commercial activity and causing anemia and malnutrition?Someone needs to pass along to this guy a few key points:
1) Israel turned Gaza over to the Gazans (against my many admonitions) in 2005. Gazans became a free people at that time. They even held their own first-ever free elections to prove it.
2) The Israeli Defense Forces were completely out of Gaza by September, 2005, leaving the "country" to be run by a (duly elected) terrorist organization - Hamas.
3) While it's true that the Israelis have set up roadblocks along the Israel/Gaza border (my guess is, the Israelis got a little fed up with the bus bombings and civilian slaughter. Go figure), there are no roadblocks along the Gaza/Egypt border. There's plenty of opportunity for commerce to flow through Rafa:
Uh, well, actually that's not true. A wall has indeed been erected to prevent Gazans from entering and leaving, beyond those that have been constructed by the Israelis, constructed for the same reason - to control the flow of arms into a terrorist-run "nation" - by the Egyptians:
So why does Egypt continue to restrict access to Gaza?4) There is obviously Jews something else that Jews is prompting your Jews indignation. Jews I wonder what it could be.
The burden of Gaza — Cairo believes that if it left the Egypt-Gaza border wide open Israel would wash its hands of responsibility for ensuring the Gazans receive enough to keep them alive—food, water, medical supplies, electricity and other essentials. Egyptian diplomats say that Israel would seal the border with Gaza on its side, diverting all trade and traffic through Egypt.
The burden would be a drain on Egyptian resources and the authorities might find it hard to prevent an influx of Gaza Palestinians seeking work and housing.