The old idiom, “making a mountain of a molehill” applies to Gaza. Some readers argue that Israel was created as a land grab following WWII that was supported by the United Nations. Some believe that it was a legal deal between an Arab sheik and Jewish people to establish Israel as a place for the persecuted Jews to call their own state. However it happened, Israel today is an economic success and self sufficient.
Israel was attacked and engaged in war to defend itself. In the process, and as a result, Israel expanded its territory for strategic military reasons that are justifiable by from historic experience.
Many Arab nations never accepted Israel and the situation as it is, and the first step to achieving peace in the Middle East is to obtain acceptance by Arab nations. That acceptance can be made easier by Israel demonstrating how it can help the Arab people in the enclave territory that is Gaza by attending to their essential needs. President Obama described it.
“U.S. President Barack Obama says Gaza cannot sustain itself and is not capable of providing jobs and economic growth. He says the territory cannot remain permanently closed off from the world.”
The challenge to create sustainable economies for people in the world is the paramount priority of our time. The place to begin is where the conditions demand it. Here is a list of conditions:
- People are living without an effective functioning government.
- People are in population size and demographics that exceed the natural resources to sustain them.
- People require assistance and intervention to rescue them.
- People must be ready for rescue by having realized their plight without it.
- People are living with disruptive outside influences.
Apply this to Gaza and all of these conditions are met. The question is how much elasticity exists among the population to make changes that will improve their condition? Who can come to their rescue?