Hamas cashes in on Gaza misery

When we say we’re for or against Israel, sometimes we’re missing something.

People like Netanyahu and Co are pure Them, as were Arafat and Sharon, Clinton, Bush and as Obama is now, ever since his inauguration in the Temple of Semiramis with the burning torches.

There’s another Israel though – the one which tilled a fertile land and made it what it is today, hoping to live its life in peace without rockets raining down on it every day and other people vowing to wipe it off the face of the earth.  Nor were Them even unreasonable at the first carve-up – the boundaries were accepted by Israel, even though it also created a Palestinian state.

It was the Arabs who didn’t want that.   And so to today’s story:

Khaled Abu Toameh is the only investigative journalist working the Gaza side of the street and in his latest report he asks, “How Many Millionaires Live in the “Impoverished” Gaza Strip?


The Palestinian millionaires, according to the report, have made their wealth thanks to the hundreds of underground tunnels along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

Informed Palestinian sources revealed that every day, in addition to weapons, thousands of tons of fuel, medicine, various types of merchandise, vehicles, electrical appliances, drugs, medicine and cigarettes are smuggled into the Gaza Strip through more than 400 tunnels.

Palestinians estimate that 25% of the Hamas government’s budget comes from taxes imposed on the owners of the underground tunnels.

For example, Hamas has imposed a 25% tax and a $2000 fee on every car that is smuggled into the Gaza Strip. Hamas also charges $15 dollars for each ton of cement, eight cents for a pack of cigarettes and 50 cents for each liter of fuel smuggled through the tunnels.

Now here’s the beautiful part. When Hamas wants to make money, all it has to do is carry out a terrorist attack against Israel. Israel tightens border security and Hamas cashes in on the tunnel goods tax while whining that Israel is starving Gazans to death. And then idiots come on a flotilla bearing goods that Hamas takes and resells at a massive profit.

Mohammed Dahlan, the former Palestinian Authority security commander of the Gaza Strip, further said last week that Hamas was the only party that was laying siege to the Gaza Strip; that it is Hamas, and not Israel or Egypt, that is strangling and punishing the people there.

Shhh no one tell the left.

What the left don’t want to know, as it interferes with the narrative, is that it was Hamas which put military targets in residential areas and used human shields.   It was Hamas which knew flotillas of aid would never get past the Israeli blockade and therefore wanted to max out the publicity with the seriously naive western leftists shouting Fascism.

It was Hamas who didn’t give a damn about its people – only in striking at Israel and fighting Abbas and Co.   Look at a map of the Gaza strip – it’s near the sea, there is enormous wealth in the Arab nations through oil and there is enormous wealth coming through the tunnels.

And what do they do?   Cry foul to the UN and channel funds into weapons.   Nothing whatever about irrigating the land, moving good soil through those tunnels, building and producing, making the people, even within their walling off from the state of Israel, comfortable and self sufficient in foodstuffs.

That doesn’t come into the plan at all.  Sucking funds out of the gullible west does.  And please don’t speak of the Jews on the West Bank or how it is made impossible for Arabs to cross from Gaza into Israel – just for once leave Israel, a sovereign nation, out of it and concentrate just on the Gaza – on the Gaza alone.

Look at its sea boundary [click to zoom].   In past millennia, a sea border like that meant a maritime nation which traded, which brought in riches.   And in a political climate created by themselves where they’re blockaded because they refuse to stop attacking Israel, they could still use the Egyptian portal to trade with outside nations.

It doesn’t happen.  Why?   Because no one, least of all the Arabs, are interested in the Gaza as a nation.   It’s only a military post to strike into Israel with and the people are collateral.   When oh when will the western left wake up to this?

You might like to brush up on the Philadelphi route.

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