In 2005, Israel withdrew from Gaza, removing settlers and troops after being occupied for 38 years. This was an effort to bring peace to the area. The land was given over in thriving condition. In fact, Israel built some of the most state-of-the-art agricultural facilities in the world and the $14 million hothouses were donated to Gaza, which employed thousands of Palestinians. Shortly after the land was given to Gaza, these facilities were demolished by the Palestinians. They destroyed a vital source of employment and food for Gaza. Now, in August, 2012, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) held a conference and stated that the Gaza Strip will no longer be liveable by the year 2020. They blame the Israeli government for the difficult human living conditions in the Gaza Strip.
The Director of UNRWA said Gaza population is expected to expand by a half million, reaching 2.1 million by 2020. Access to water and electricity and health resources will get worse unless remedial action is taken immediately. He claims they are “under occupation.” (How can this be when Israel withdrew from that land in 2005? Israel has been supplying electricity and fuel to Gaza.
Less than two years after Israel withdrew from Gaza, Hamas, recognized as a terrorist organization, was given the land by the Palestinians. They reject any permanent peace with Israel. Hamas has used Gaza as a platform from which to launch rockets into southern Israel.
Now, Gaza is asking for international aid. If the UN decides to give international aid to this area, perhaps there should be some conditions…i.e. they should stop sending rockets into the land that has been helping them. Perhaps they should stop blaming Israel and take note as to why their land is in such ravage conditions when they were left with the means to take care of themselves, but destroyed the gift. Perhaps the aid should consist of an education on how to take care of the land, plant it, harvest it and nurture it.
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