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Your narrative leaves blurry the reasons for Israel imposing these border restrictions and blockades. Who supported and perpetrated the terrorism which spurred Israel to respond in these ways?

Also, I'd be very curious as to why Egypt closed the border on their side. Criticism is always overwhelmingly leveled against Israel, yet if the Egyptians are so sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, why are they contributing to the isolation of Gaza, and why is that side of the story so regularly ignored or downplayed?

This is an interesting point of view, though incomplete. To my mind, the most important detail missing is that in 2007 Hamas organization carried out a coup-d'état in Gaza, killing hundreds and exiling dozens of Fatah activists, including Khan-Yunis representative and former head of security forces Muhammad Dahlan. Thus the legitimacy of Hamas régime in Gaza is highly controversial. This move led Israel to tighten control of Gaza strip borders, since from its point of view any transactions with hostile Hamas, which continuously denies Israel's right to exist is pointless. Moreover, this outcome represents a total collapse of a "territories in exchange for peace" agenda, since in 2005 Israel had removed all its settlements from Gaza as a part of highly-disputed unilateral disengagement plan.

Mowing the Grass in Gaza

By Prof. Efraim Inbar and Dr. Eitan Shamir July 20, 2014

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 255

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Israeli military offensive in Gaza reflects the assumption that Israel is in a protracted intractable conflict. It is unlikely that Israel can purge Hamas from Palestinian society, nor is a political solution likely to be achieved. Instead, Israel is acting in accordance with a “mowing the grass” strategy. After a period of military restraint, Israel is acting to severely punish Hamas for its aggressive behavior, and degrading its military capabilities – aiming at achieving a period of quiet.

Gaza has violated the Rules of Conflict/War by using its citizens as "human shields" then complaining to the international community when attacked. Shame on them and shame on those who ignore this violation of human rights.

I was just in Israel and was able to recognize the extremely complicated nature of the situation. Despite the fact that a “military” solution is unlikely, sadly, it is clear to me that Israel’s strategic doctrine of military prevention and preemption needs to remain the logical cornerstone in its approach for the protection of its citizens. I don’t know how else Israel can try to curb indiscriminate terrorist attacks. It pains me now to see how both Israel and Hamas have lost hope in sincere negotiations and have reverted to violence. It is tragic that both sides cannot engage in real negotiations that would stop the violence and eventually result in peace.

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