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GAZA: "From zero to less than zero" – Norman G. Finkelstein

Senior defense officials one meets these days not only members of the Government Coordinator of Activities in the Territories unit, but officers in uniform, and to some extent even the Shin Bet security service are voicing surprisingly similar opinions about the situation in the Gaza Strip. The economy in the Strip is on the verge of total collapse, like from zero to below zero, as one official put it, and so is civilian infrastructure.

Hamas weak position, both economically and politically, makes it easier for Israel to take the necessary steps to destroy its tunnel project. As reportedSaturday,Israel demolished a fourth tunnel in the Gaza Stripinless than three months(and in one incident aHamas man was injured in Lebanonin an explosion by entities unknown). But politicians in Israel are acting as if military pressure can continue on the Strip, ignoring the worsening economic situation, and that has experts worried. In the long term, continually deteriorating infrastructure brings the risk of an uncontrollable blow-up in the Strip.

About two weeks ago, Haaretz reported that the number of trucks passing through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza has been cut in half due to the decline in purchasing power of Gazas people. The latest statistics say the number of trucks is down a third, to between just 300 to 400 trucks a day.

About 95 percent of Gazas water is undrinkable. Hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of sewage flow into the Mediterranean daily, reaching Israels shores as well. Theres a bit more electricity available now up to six or seven hours a day, thanks to a decision by thePalestinian Authorityto go back to funding some of the power, which is purchased from Israel. Experts warn of the outbreak of infectious diseases.

Unemployment in the Gaza Strip is inching toward 50 percent and is even higher among young people. The more than two million people now living in Gaza are trapped between the harsh Hamas regime and the almost total impossibility of leaving the Strip because of the closed crossings into Israel and Egypt.

When Israel began building its anti-tunnel barrier almost a year ago, concerns were raised that Hamas might try to mount an attack through a tunnel on the Gazan border before this strategic asset, into whichHamashas sunk hundreds of millions of shekels over the past 10 years, is taken away from them.

Meanwhile, that hasnt happened, although the bulldozers are advancing. At the same time, as reported, four tunnels have been destroyedin three monthson account of intelligence and technology.

Hamas, poorer and more isolated than in the past, is in a trap. It depends on Egypt and fears angering the generals in Cairo. But it seems that the explanation for its policy of restraint is also connected to the election ofYahya Sinwar as the organizations leader in Gaza. Sinwar controls the Strip both politically and militarily. His predecessor,Ismail Haniyeh, who is above him in the hierarchy, is a resident of Gaza, unlike Haniyehs predecessor, Khaled Meshal, who urged a hard line from his comfortable location in Qatar. Haniyeh and Sinwar are meanwhile taking a relatively moderate stance.

Israel is considering changes in civilian policy toward the Gaza Strip. But Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz has been unable even to advance a serious discussion ona plan for an artificial island off the Gazan coast, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman oppose. Discussion of other proposals, like bringing in thousands of laborers from the Strip to work in Israeli border communities (which involves a security risk), have dragged on for months.

The summer 2014 war in Gaza broke out for a combination of reasons. Israel increased its punitive measures against Hamas in the West Bank after three teenagers from Gush Etzion were abducted; it turned out later theyd been killed. Hamas economic difficulties increased due to a clash with the PA, which stopped paying salaries to government workers in the Strip. The final spark came from Kerem Shalom, when Israel suspected that Hamas was about to launch a terror attack through a tunnel.

This time, there are no clear signs that Hamas has had enough. Israel could continue touting its tactical successes, without deciding what it wants to happen in Gaza. But as in the north, the adversarys relative restraint might mislead the Israeli leadership into a war that it says it does not want.

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Forty-seven Palestinians were injured moderately and lightly by live fire and rubber bullets in clashes with the Israeli military in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian health ministry said. Palestinians report that 129 Palestinians were injured as a result of smoke and gas inhalation. Overall, 176 people were injured.

In the Gaza Strip, 41 people were injured moderately and lightly by live fire. 17 people were injured in altercations east of Gaza, 15 people were injured in clashes in Jabaliya, six protesters were injured east of Khan Yunis and another three were injured north of Beit Hanun. All were evacuated to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Gaza.According to the Palestinian health ministry, most were injured by live fire while one man was injured by a rubber bullet. 60 demonstrators who were hurt by smoke inhalation were treated at the scene.

In the West Bank, six people were injured moderately and lightly by rubber bullets in clashes with the IDF. One was injured in Nablus and was evacuated to receive medical treatment in the city. The Red Crescent reported of 45 Palestinians who were hurt in clashes in the West Bank as a result of gas inhalation.

According to the Red Crescent, clashes took place in the Al-Bireh region near Jerusalem, as well as in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Qalqilyah, Jericho, Nabuls and in the center of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians are protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump’s December announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Gaza’s Ark: the boat that tried to break the blockade – YouTube

Gaza’s Ark was a project which aimed to export Palestinian products to European customers by boat via the Gaza seaport. In doing so, the team hoped to break through the naval blockade of Gaza and bring international attention to the situation in Gaza.

Gaza has been under strict blockade by the Israeli military, since 2007. This blockade covers all land and sea borders – cutting the local population off from essential supplies and aid.

Gaza’s fishermen are restricted to a narrow strip of 3-6 nautical miles into the sea, where fish stocks are extremely low. In 2010, the ICRC stated that 90% of Gaza’s fishermen were classified as poor, or very poor, up from 50% in 2008.

In 2013, I had a chance to talk to some of Gaza’s fishermen about their experiences, as well as the organisers of Gaza’s Ark, about their aims for the ambitious project.

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Israel conducted airstrikes in Gaza for a second straight day after shells reportedly launched from the area landed in its territory. The IDF blamed Iran for the attack, claiming it supplied the unknown attackers with weapons.

The Israeli military said its warplanes targeted a Hamas position in southern Gaza late Saturday in response for the shelling carried out by the yet unidentified militants on Friday. While Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said its too early to name those culpable in the attack, he promptly blamed Tehran for the incident. Iran has supplied these missiles to numerous groups, Lieberman told Israeli media, saying that an initial examination of the shells fired confirms they are from Iran.

The Iranian regime continues to risk the safety of the residents of the Gaza Strip and puts them in grave danger. Wherever the Iranian regime operates or is involved, it only wreaks havoc and destruction, the IDF tweeted after the attack. The IDF also accused Iran of deliberately fomenting the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through its proxies rogue and extremist terrorist groups by funnelling arms to them in an attempt to reignite stalled hostilities after years of quiet.

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Berating Iran, Lieberman appeared to heap rare praise on Hamas for steering clear of direct military confrontation, alleging that the group could no longer keep tabs on various minor formations, that are responsible for the spike in tensions. Hamas is being careful because they do not want war, as we do not, but the Salafist and extremist Muslim groups are acting on their own, the minister, known for his hawkish views, told Hadashot News in an interview.

The shelling took place Friday afternoon and resulted in no casualties. It was reported that two of three shells were either intercepted by Israels Iron Dome anti-missile system or fell in non-residential areas. One projectile, however, reportedly damaged a building in the Negev region bordering the Gaza Strip in a direct hit. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said it responded by targeting Hamas outposts in northern Gaza with tank fire and airstrikes.

The shelling and retaliatory strikes comes amid violent unrest in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories in the wake of US President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital on December 6. The controversial move drew widespread international condemnation, praise from the Israeli authorities, and prompted calls for a new Palestinian uprising, a blessed intifada against Israel and Washington.

A wave of violent clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protestersin the borderline areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip ensued. At least 14 Palestinians have been killed and some 3,000 injured as Israeli forces repeatedly fired live ammunition and rubber bullets to target the instigators and quell the unrest.

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Tehran, which has been increasingly at odds with both US and Israel, joined the chorus of those denouncing the Jerusalem move, with Irans Defense Minister, General Amir Hatami, arguing, that if anything, it would hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime. Iranian lawmakers recently approved a bill that would require its government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Irans support for Hezbollah, which is fighting along President Bashar Assads army in Syria and has contributed to the dismantling of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS,ISIL) terrorist group in there, has also long angered Israel. The IDF frequently struck military targets in Syria, citing the need to prevent arms transfers to Hezbollah.Tel Aviv claims Tehran is trying to secure foothold in Syria to attack Israel, with PM Benjamin Netanyahu contending that Iran shares Nazi Germanys ruthless commitment to murder Jews.

Another lingering point of contention is the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA )nuclear deal, which has repeatedly been slammed by Tel Aviv and Washington as inherently flawed. The US and Israel further said the landmark agreement will enable Iran to continue pursuing its nuclear programme and developWMD, despite Tehrans assurances that their nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful. The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has on numerous occasions confirmed that Iran is in full compliance with the multilateral agreement.

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2 Palestinians killed in Gaza ‘Day of Rage’ – CNN

The Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, called for a “Day of Rage” and joined other Palestinian factions in staging protests.

One of those killed was Zakariya Al-Kafarneh, 24, from Gaza, who was shot in the chest with live ammunition, the ministry said. The second victim has not yet been identified.

The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

In a statement issued earlier Friday, the Israeli military said approximately 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza rolled burning tires and hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers.

“Troops are responding with riot dispersal means. In addition, during the violent riots IDF soldiers fired live rounds selectively towards main instigators,” the statement said.

Instability over Jerusalem

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his commitment to moving the US embassy to the holy city prompted international criticism and sparked protests across the world.

Last week, four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded in the West Bank and Gaza during violent clashes between Israeli troops and protesters.

Roughly 2,500 Palestinians rolled burning tires and hurled firebombs and rocks at police in several West Bank cities, and another 3,500 clashed with soldiers along the security fence in Gaza, the Israeli army said.

The United Nations on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to condemn Trump’s move, despite threats from the United States to pull funding from the world body.

Some 128 countries voted for the resolution, while nine voted “no,” and 35 nations abstained, including Canada, Mexico and Australia.

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GAZA: "From zero to less than zero" – Norman G. Finkelstein

Senior defense officials one meets these days not only members of the Government Coordinator of Activities in the Territories unit, but officers in uniform, and to some extent even the Shin Bet security service are voicing surprisingly similar opinions about the situation in the Gaza Strip. The economy in the Strip is on the verge of total collapse, like from zero to below zero, as one official put it, and so is civilian infrastructure. Hamas weak position, both economically and politically, makes it easier for Israel to take the necessary steps to destroy its tunnel project. As reportedSaturday,Israel demolished a fourth tunnel in the Gaza Stripinless than three months(and in one incident aHamas man was injured in Lebanonin an explosion by entities unknown). But politicians in Israel are acting as if military pressure can continue on the Strip, ignoring the worsening economic situation, and that has experts worried. In the long term, continually deteriorating infrastructure brings the risk of an uncontrollable blow-up in the Strip. About two weeks ago, Haaretz reported that the number of trucks passing through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza has been cut in half due to the decline in purchasing power of Gazas people. The latest statistics say the number of trucks is down a third, to between just 300 to 400 trucks a day. About 95 percent of Gazas water is undrinkable. Hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of sewage flow into the Mediterranean daily, reaching Israels shores as well. Theres a bit more electricity available now up to six or seven hours a day, thanks to a decision by thePalestinian Authorityto go back to funding some of the power, which is purchased from Israel. Experts warn of the outbreak of infectious diseases. Unemployment in the Gaza Strip is inching toward 50 percent and is even higher among young people. The more than two million people now living in Gaza are trapped between the harsh Hamas regime and the almost total impossibility of leaving the Strip because of the closed crossings into Israel and Egypt. When Israel began building its anti-tunnel barrier almost a year ago, concerns were raised that Hamas might try to mount an attack through a tunnel on the Gazan border before this strategic asset, into whichHamashas sunk hundreds of millions of shekels over the past 10 years, is taken away from them. Meanwhile, that hasnt happened, although the bulldozers are advancing. At the same time, as reported, four tunnels have been destroyedin three monthson account of intelligence and technology. Hamas, poorer and more isolated than in the past, is in a trap. It depends on Egypt and fears angering the generals in Cairo. But it seems that the explanation for its policy of restraint is also connected to the election ofYahya Sinwar as the organizations leader in Gaza. Sinwar controls the Strip both politically and militarily. His predecessor,Ismail Haniyeh, who is above him in the hierarchy, is a resident of Gaza, unlike Haniyehs predecessor, Khaled Meshal, who urged a hard line from his comfortable location in Qatar. Haniyeh and Sinwar are meanwhile taking a relatively moderate stance. Israel is considering changes in civilian policy toward the Gaza Strip. But Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz has been unable even to advance a serious discussion ona plan for an artificial island off the Gazan coast, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman oppose. Discussion of other proposals, like bringing in thousands of laborers from the Strip to work in Israeli border communities (which involves a security risk), have dragged on for months. The summer 2014 war in Gaza broke out for a combination of reasons. Israel increased its punitive measures against Hamas in the West Bank after three teenagers from Gush Etzion were abducted; it turned out later theyd been killed. Hamas economic difficulties increased due to a clash with the PA, which stopped paying salaries to government workers in the Strip. The final spark came from Kerem Shalom, when Israel suspected that Hamas was about to launch a terror attack through a tunnel. This time, there are no clear signs that Hamas has had enough. Israel could continue touting its tactical successes, without deciding what it wants to happen in Gaza. But as in the north, the adversarys relative restraint might mislead the Israeli leadership into a war that it says it does not want.

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Forty-seven Palestinians were injured moderately and lightly by live fire and rubber bullets in clashes with the Israeli military in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian health ministry said. Palestinians report that 129 Palestinians were injured as a result of smoke and gas inhalation. Overall, 176 people were injured. In the Gaza Strip, 41 people were injured moderately and lightly by live fire. 17 people were injured in altercations east of Gaza, 15 people were injured in clashes in Jabaliya, six protesters were injured east of Khan Yunis and another three were injured north of Beit Hanun. All were evacuated to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Gaza.According to the Palestinian health ministry, most were injured by live fire while one man was injured by a rubber bullet. 60 demonstrators who were hurt by smoke inhalation were treated at the scene. In the West Bank, six people were injured moderately and lightly by rubber bullets in clashes with the IDF. One was injured in Nablus and was evacuated to receive medical treatment in the city. The Red Crescent reported of 45 Palestinians who were hurt in clashes in the West Bank as a result of gas inhalation. According to the Red Crescent, clashes took place in the Al-Bireh region near Jerusalem, as well as in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Qalqilyah, Jericho, Nabuls and in the center of the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians are protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump’s December announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. We’ve got more newsletters we think you’ll find interesting. Please try again later. This email address has already registered for this newsletter. On Thursday, two Palestinian teenagers were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, one on the border with the Gaza Strip and the other in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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Gaza’s Ark: the boat that tried to break the blockade – YouTube

Gaza’s Ark was a project which aimed to export Palestinian products to European customers by boat via the Gaza seaport. In doing so, the team hoped to break through the naval blockade of Gaza and bring international attention to the situation in Gaza. Gaza has been under strict blockade by the Israeli military, since 2007. This blockade covers all land and sea borders – cutting the local population off from essential supplies and aid. Gaza’s fishermen are restricted to a narrow strip of 3-6 nautical miles into the sea, where fish stocks are extremely low. In 2010, the ICRC stated that 90% of Gaza’s fishermen were classified as poor, or very poor, up from 50% in 2008. In 2013, I had a chance to talk to some of Gaza’s fishermen about their experiences, as well as the organisers of Gaza’s Ark, about their aims for the ambitious project.

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Israel conducted airstrikes in Gaza for a second straight day after shells reportedly launched from the area landed in its territory. The IDF blamed Iran for the attack, claiming it supplied the unknown attackers with weapons. The Israeli military said its warplanes targeted a Hamas position in southern Gaza late Saturday in response for the shelling carried out by the yet unidentified militants on Friday. While Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said its too early to name those culpable in the attack, he promptly blamed Tehran for the incident. Iran has supplied these missiles to numerous groups, Lieberman told Israeli media, saying that an initial examination of the shells fired confirms they are from Iran. The Iranian regime continues to risk the safety of the residents of the Gaza Strip and puts them in grave danger. Wherever the Iranian regime operates or is involved, it only wreaks havoc and destruction, the IDF tweeted after the attack. The IDF also accused Iran of deliberately fomenting the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through its proxies rogue and extremist terrorist groups by funnelling arms to them in an attempt to reignite stalled hostilities after years of quiet. Read more Berating Iran, Lieberman appeared to heap rare praise on Hamas for steering clear of direct military confrontation, alleging that the group could no longer keep tabs on various minor formations, that are responsible for the spike in tensions. Hamas is being careful because they do not want war, as we do not, but the Salafist and extremist Muslim groups are acting on their own, the minister, known for his hawkish views, told Hadashot News in an interview. The shelling took place Friday afternoon and resulted in no casualties. It was reported that two of three shells were either intercepted by Israels Iron Dome anti-missile system or fell in non-residential areas. One projectile, however, reportedly damaged a building in the Negev region bordering the Gaza Strip in a direct hit. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said it responded by targeting Hamas outposts in northern Gaza with tank fire and airstrikes. The shelling and retaliatory strikes comes amid violent unrest in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories in the wake of US President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital on December 6. The controversial move drew widespread international condemnation, praise from the Israeli authorities, and prompted calls for a new Palestinian uprising, a blessed intifada against Israel and Washington. A wave of violent clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protestersin the borderline areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip ensued. At least 14 Palestinians have been killed and some 3,000 injured as Israeli forces repeatedly fired live ammunition and rubber bullets to target the instigators and quell the unrest. Read more Tehran, which has been increasingly at odds with both US and Israel, joined the chorus of those denouncing the Jerusalem move, with Irans Defense Minister, General Amir Hatami, arguing, that if anything, it would hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime. Iranian lawmakers recently approved a bill that would require its government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Irans support for Hezbollah, which is fighting along President Bashar Assads army in Syria and has contributed to the dismantling of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS,ISIL) terrorist group in there, has also long angered Israel. The IDF frequently struck military targets in Syria, citing the need to prevent arms transfers to Hezbollah.Tel Aviv claims Tehran is trying to secure foothold in Syria to attack Israel, with PM Benjamin Netanyahu contending that Iran shares Nazi Germanys ruthless commitment to murder Jews. Another lingering point of contention is the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA )nuclear deal, which has repeatedly been slammed by Tel Aviv and Washington as inherently flawed. The US and Israel further said the landmark agreement will enable Iran to continue pursuing its nuclear programme and developWMD, despite Tehrans assurances that their nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful. The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has on numerous occasions confirmed that Iran is in full compliance with the multilateral agreement.

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2 Palestinians killed in Gaza ‘Day of Rage’ – CNN

The Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, called for a “Day of Rage” and joined other Palestinian factions in staging protests. One of those killed was Zakariya Al-Kafarneh, 24, from Gaza, who was shot in the chest with live ammunition, the ministry said. The second victim has not yet been identified. The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. In a statement issued earlier Friday, the Israeli military said approximately 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza rolled burning tires and hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers. “Troops are responding with riot dispersal means. In addition, during the violent riots IDF soldiers fired live rounds selectively towards main instigators,” the statement said. Instability over Jerusalem Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his commitment to moving the US embassy to the holy city prompted international criticism and sparked protests across the world. Last week, four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded in the West Bank and Gaza during violent clashes between Israeli troops and protesters. Roughly 2,500 Palestinians rolled burning tires and hurled firebombs and rocks at police in several West Bank cities, and another 3,500 clashed with soldiers along the security fence in Gaza, the Israeli army said. The United Nations on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to condemn Trump’s move, despite threats from the United States to pull funding from the world body. Some 128 countries voted for the resolution, while nine voted “no,” and 35 nations abstained, including Canada, Mexico and Australia.

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