Israel has decided to throw a few crumbs to the Gazans–literally.
(From the Huffington Post:) Facing growing international criticism over its botched raid and the painful price Gaza’s 1.5 million residents are paying for the blockade, Israel has been attempting to show some flexibility.
Palestinian official Raed Fattouh, who coordinates the flow of goods into Gaza with Israel, said soda, juice, jam, spices, shaving cream, potato chips, cookies and candy were now permitted. He said Israel rebuffed Palestinian requests for construction goods, raw materials for factories to operate and medical devices.
Sounds like Israel is trying to look like the good guys, and failing miserably. Perhaps they just don’t get it? Or maybe they don’t think the rest of the world is intelligent enough to see the difference between giving kids junk food and giving them medical care?
Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal policymaking, said their goal in allowing more goods into Gaza was to defuse pressure for an international investigation of the sea raid.
Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said his country is committed to ensuring that “the civilian population of Gaza will receive civilian goods,” but Israel is concerned that items like cement “if given to Hamas will be used first and foremost for their military machine in creating bunkers and fortifications.”
What are “civilian goods”, Mr. Regev? Candy and soda? The kids can eat the junk food, their teeth will rot, they’ll get fat, they’ll get diabetes, and they’ll die. Sounds like Israel is planning ahead.
A Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, said Israel’s gesture was not worth commenting on.