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The Gaza, Sinai, and Israel Conflict
Part One: Background Information.

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3 June 2011, 1 Sivan 5771.

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Gaza and Hamas
What is Gaza?
Sharon;Yair Davidiy
Israel and Gaza
Hamas Takes Over; Gilad Shalit
The Gaza War
Are the People of Gaza Suffering?
Gaza Economy; Gush
What is
Hamas? The Hamas Charter (1988)
US Government Messages Supporting Israel.
Human Shields.
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The Gaza, Sinai, and Israel Conflict

Part One: Some Background Information.

Gaza and Hamas
The conflict of the  People of Gaza with Israel  is not economic or political. It is religious.
Even if the Muslims of Gaza were not Palestinian Refugees and did not neighbor Israel they would still be antagonistic to Israel.
Destruction of Israel has become a religious obsession with them.
Israel is considered the equivalent of the Devil.
Conspiracy Theories about how the Jews control the world and are responsibility of all the ills and affliction of mankind are part of the educational curriculum and official constitutional doctrine of the Hamas rulership of Gaza.
They are taught on TV and by the religious instructors that it is a religious duty to kill Jews.
There are apparently writings to this effect in the Koran and in Islamic Traditional Commentaries.
There are other Islamic sources that praise the Jews, that say that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews, and so on.
Theoretically the Islamic Religion has sources that could justify an enlightened Western-Style attitude towards the Jew and others.
Nowadays however the only ones who seem aware of this more-favorable possibility of Islam are non-Muslims who have read about it.
Real Muslims have other preferences, at least for now.

What is Gaza?
The Gaza Strip lies on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The Strip borders Egypt on the southwest and Israel on the south, east and north. ...a total area of 360 square kilometers (139 sq mi). The territory takes its name from Gaza, its main city.
The population is about 1.6 million people...
One million of the population, as of March 2005, were considered refugees, although the vast majority of them were actually born in the Gaza Strip;[2] the older generation fled to Gaza in 1948 as part of the 1948 Palestinian exodus following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, from some parts of Mandate Palestine that became Israel. The population is predominantly Sunni Muslim. With a yearly growth rate of about 3.2%, the Gaza strip has the 7th highest population growth rate in the world.

After 1906 the British reached an agreement with the Ottoman Turlish Empire.
Henceforth Gaza was ruled by Egypt which at that time was under British control.
After Israel declared independence Gaza in 1948 the population was almost trebled by Palestinian refugees.
Gaza continued to be ruled by Egypt until the Six-Day-War of 1967 when Israel took over.

Egypt had officially never considered Gaza as part of Egypt but as a controlled territory. The people did not receive Egyptian citizenship.
They had been up in Gaza and supported largely by the UNRWA.
The inhabitants of Gaza compared to other Arabs and Palestinians of the time were more Islamically-conscious and extreme in their attitudes.
The Egyptians had had trouble controlling them.
When the Israelis took over the attitudes towards them was one of rebellion punctuated by terrorist attacks. This hostility was curtailed by Ariel Sharon. At that time Ariel Sharon was a general in the IDF and had been appointed head of Southern Command (1969-1973) making him responsible for the area of Gaza. Upon taking up his post Sharon instituted a policy of regular aggressive army patrols, intensified intelligence activity, interception of terror squads, and the perfunctory exile to Jordan of troublemakers and stone-throwers. If the culprit was under-age then the nearest available male next-of-kin would be sent to Jordan in his stead. This policy was remarkably effective. It was not long after the implementation of the new procedures until the troubles ceased almost completely.

Gaza borders the Sinai Peninsula and in some respects may be considered a geographical extension of it.

In 1973 came the Yom Kippur War.

[In 1974 Yair Davidiy came to Israel from Australia. He served (from 1975) for 18 months in the IDF.
Part of his service was in different areas of Sinai. Upon discharge Yair continued to serve when required for about a month every year including a total of ca. 2 to 3 months in Lebanon].

In 1979 Israel under M. Begin agreed to evacuate the Sinai Peninsula which was to become a demilitarized area.

In May 1994, following the  Oslo Accords, much of the Gaza Strip (except for the settlement blocs and military areas) came under Palestinian control. The PLO under Arafat moved into Gaza and from there transferred their headquarters to Ramalla on the West Bank north of Jerusalem.
In September 2000 came the Second Intifada or Palestinian revolt against Israeli presence. Gaza was especially troublesome to Israel.

Israel and Gaza

In 2005 Israel (under the Sharon and Olmert government) carried out the DISENGAGEMENT from the Gaza Strip.
All Israel settlements were abandoned. Most of the settlements had been in the Gush Katif area of the southwest.
More than 9000 Jewish settlers were uprooted. Israeli military forces withdrew.

Israel built barriers of various sorts around the territory of Gaza.

A vast far-extending complex of underground tunnels exists between Gaza and Egypt.
Through these tunnels Gaza receives goods and military hardware including rockets from Iran.

# Israel controls Gaza's airspace and territorial waters, and does not allow the movement of goods in or out of Gaza by air or sea.#
Israel does however allow medicines and foodstuffs and some other materials to pass through.

# Between January 2009-June 2010, approximately 2 billion pounds of aid, 137 million liters of fuel, and 50,000 tons of cooking gas were delivered by Israel to the Gaza Strip. #

Hamas Takes Over
At first the so-called Palestinian Authority had autonomous control over the Gaza Strip as well as most of the West Bank.
In 2006 there were elections and Hamas received 42% of the votes and a majority (74 our of 132) of delegates over the Palestinian Authority area.
Israel, the USA, and EU refused to recognized Hamas rule.
In 2006-2007 Hamas forcefully took control of the Gaza Strip. There were about 1000 killed.
Hamas forces carried out executions in cold blood (some of which were to be viewed on YouTube clips) as well as torturing and maiming their opponents.
Hamas instituted a theocratical rulership.
Christians are persecuted. Abductions and murders of Christians have occurred.

In 2006 an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, was kidnapped and has remained in captivity (assuming he is still alive) somewhere in Gaza ever since.
The family of Shalit waged (and is still waging) an ongoing much-publicized well-organized and well-funded campaign pressuring the Israel Government to make whatever concessions are necessary to free Gilad.
In the past similar exchanges of Israeli hostages have taken place. These have included the freeing of numerous terrorists who have returned to plan and execute terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. Many amongst the Israeli public and in Israeli governmental circles are afraid of this happening again.

After the Hamas takeover and the end of January 2008, 697 rockets and 822 mortar bombs were fired at Israeli towns.
In 2008 a partial embargo was placed on Gaza by Israel.
Israeli also sent air strikes (after 2008) and limited military incursions into Gaza targeted military objectives such rocket launching sites and the bases of terrorists intending to infiltrate to Israel.

The Gaza War
On 27 December 2008 after the number of rocket attacks against Israel had reached 3000, the Gaza War broke out.

# The Israel Defense Forces rejected claims the majority of those killed were civilians, providing evidence that Hamas deliberately hides weapons and fighters in "mosques, school yards and civilian houses" to deter an attack and exploit Israel's rules of engagement. Israel began a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip on 3 January 2009.
A total of 1,100-1,400  Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the 22-day war. After 22 days of fighting, Israel declared a ceasefire. #

The infrastructure of Gaza was also damaged.

Tens of thousands of rockets are now in Gaza. Some of these are capable of reaching the Tel Aviv Metropolitan area.
Iran is in close contact with Hamas.

Are the People of Gaza Suffering?
The people of Gaza have a higher standard of living than most Muslim countries.
They live longer than the people of Turkey; the infant morality rate is lower than that of Turkey.
They have the 7th highest birth rate in the world.

# Infant mortality in the Gaza Strip, for example, is 17.71 per thousand births compared to Turkey's 24.84 or the global average of 44[4]; life expectancy in Turkey is 72.23 years whereas in Gaza it is 73.68, much higher than the global average of 66.12, not to mention such Arab or Islamic countries as Yemen (63.36), Sudan (52.52), or Somalia (50).[5] #
NGOs vs. Israel by Ben-Dror Yemini

Most people in Gaza are poor but they get by.
Food is cheap and much is subsidized.

Nevertheless malnutrition has been reported amongst a high percentage of the population. In Israel these reports are believed to be deliberately exaggerated.
Aid from UNWRA, the EU, Japan, various NGOs and other sources is plentiful.

The Israeli siege is only partially. In principle food and medicines are allowed through. Israel supplies Gaza with electricity,

gas, and petroleum products. This is apart from the large amounts of goods that arrive from Egypt via the tunnels.

It has been claimed that there is some lack in medicines but this (to the degree that it exists) is not so much due to Israel but to Palestinian mismanagement and possible administrative corruption or malice.

The Gazan administration has only to stop firing rockets at Israeli settlements for the blockade to cease.

The Hamas rulership along with a portion of the inhabitants have a pathological compulsion to maintain a state of violent enmity against Israel.

Gaza Economy
One-third of the Land is irrigated.

Natural gas has been found.

 # Environmental issues include desertification; salination of fresh water; sewage treatment; water-borne disease; soil degradation; and depletion and contamination of underground water resources. #

These environmental issues are liable to get worse. The Arabs had a bad track record on such matters.
This also involves ecological issues affecting Israel such as contamination of underground water tables etc and the spread of contagious diseases.

The Israeli settlements while (up unto 2005) they existed in Gush Katif were economically viable and prosperous.
They supported themselves through sophisticated agriculture (such as pest-free lettuce green-hose lettuce etc), fishing,  tourism, and educational centers.
Hundreds of Palestinians from Gaza were employed in Gush Katif.
When the Israelis were forced out by their own government (under Sharon and Olmert) the Gazans attempted to take over and continue the Israeli projects. They were unsuccessful and everything has since been abandoned and fallen into ruination. 

# Before the second Palestinian uprising in September 2000, around 25,000 workers from the Gaza Strip (about 2% of the population) used to work in Israel every day. #

# The main agricultural products are olives, citrus, vegetables, Halal beef, and dairy products. Primary exports are citrus and cut flowers, while primary imports are food, consumer goods, and construction materials. The main trade partners of the Gaza Strip are Israel, Egypt, and the West Bank. #

What is Hamas?
Hamas is an offshoot of the Sunni Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
Thanks in part to the intervention of US President Barak Hussein Obama the Muslim Brotherhood is now in effective control of Egypt.

The Hamas Charter (1988)
Article 6 Hamas is uniquely Palestinian,[21] and "strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine" [13][18]

Article 7 of the
Hamas Covenant provides the following quotation, attributed to Mohammed:
"The Day of
Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews."[217]

Article 8 The
Hamas document reiterates the Muslim Brotherhood's slogan of "Allah is its goal, the Prophet is the model, the Qur'an its constitution, jihad its path, and death for the sake of Allah its most sublime belief."[13][18]

Article 13 There is no negotiated settlement possible. Jihad is the only answer.[18]

Article 14 The liberation of Palestine is the personal duty of every Palestinian.[18]
Article 15 "The day that enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every
Moslem".It states the history of crusades into Muslim lands and says the "Palestinian problem is a religious problem". [18]

Article 20 Calls for action "by the people as a single body" against "a vicious enemy which acts in a way similar to Nazism, making no differentiation between man and woman, between children and old people".[18]

Article 22 states that the French revolution, the Russian revolution, colonialism and both world wars were created by the Zionists or forces supportive of Zionism.

Article 28 Conspiracy indictment against "Israel, Judaism and Jews".[18][22]

Article 32 of the Covenant refers to an
antisemitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion:
"Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another. The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying."[217]

Numerous Statements by Hamas members and clerics have confirmed that the views expressed in the Charter are firmly believed and even expanded upon in the public consciousness.
Similar mesages are often transmitted by Local TV stations, and in childrens magazines.

New York Times journalist Steven Erlanger reported that "Hamas rocket and weapons caches, including rocket launchers, have been discovered in and under mosques, schools and civilian homes." Another report published by Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center revealed that Hamas used close to 100 mosques to store weapons and as launch-pads to shoot rockets.

US Government Messages Supporting Israel.
#In July 2008 Barack Obama, then the Democratic presidential candidate, said: "If somebody was sending rockets into my house, where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that, and I would expect Israelis to do the same thing."[250] On December 28, 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a statement: "the United States strongly condemns the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel".[251] On March 2, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attacks. #

Human Shields.
# Israel has accused Hamas of using children as human shields. The Israeli government released video footage of Hamas in which it describes as two Hamas militants grabbing a young boy's arm from behind holding him to walk in front of them toward a group of people waiting near a wall. The IDF argues the militants were placing the boy between themselves and an Israeli sniper. The second scene shows an individual, described as a Hamas militant, grabbing a school boy off of a floor, where he is hiding behind a column from IDF fire, and using him as a human shield to walk to a different location.[255]

# In November 2006, the Israeli Air Force warned Muhammad Weil
Baroud, a Palestinian militant accused of launching rockets into Israeli territory, to evacuate his home in a Jabalya refugee camp apartment block in advance of a planned Israeli air strike. Hamas responded by calling for volunteers to protect the apartment block and nearby buildings and, according to the Jerusalem Post, hundreds of local residents, mostly women and children, responded. Israel suspended the air strike. ... In response to the incident, Hamas proclaimed: 'We won. From now on we will form human chains around every house threatened with demolition.'"

Recent new items:
Hamas Moving HQ from Syria to Egypt, Warns Netanyahu
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Hamas is moving its headquarters from Damascus to Egypt, and the terror group is strengthening itself in the Sinai, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Monday.

He also noted that the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Hamas sprung, also has become a more powerful force in Egypt since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The Prime Minister stated his concern about the inability of the provisional military regime in Egypt to exercise sovereignty in the Sinai, which borders Israel and from where Bedouin and Hamas terrorists smuggle weapons from Iran, Sudan, Syria and elsewhere into Gaza.

Al-Qaeda also has brought 400 terrorists into the area, according to an Egyptian official quoted by an Arab news agency,

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

        The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and the decline of Egyptian army control in the Sinai have allowed Hamas to smuggle a rocket a day into Gaza, according to the Israeli-based Debka website, maintained largely by former IDF and security officers.

        Hamas's stockpile now is 10,000 missiles, including weapons that can down aircraft and slice through tanks. The IDF has introduced a new Trophy protective system to ward off advanced rocket attacks.

        Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee this week that the power vacuum is working to the advantage of Hamas, which is able smuggle weapons and terrorists into Gaza with more ease since the grassroots uprising that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

        Hamas backed off the attacks following the firing of a Russian-made anti-tank missile, smuggled from Iran, which hit a school bus, killing a teenager.

        The reported deal did not mention the continued smuggling of weapons on a daily basis.

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