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?
1. People are living without an effective functioning government.
A democratic mechanism was employed that resulted in Gaza people electing Hamas as their political representatives. The validity of that process and desirability from a free world perspective is in question. Hamas is proven to be too radical and violent to represent citizens as a way forward. Gaza citizens need to be supported in producing more workable political representation as the Gaza party.
2. People are in population size and demographics that exceed the natural resources to sustain them.
The population size and demographics are wrong for the Gaza space. The solution will require economic and political engineering to produce a desirable outcome. Just as Israel produced a workable economy, so the challenge is for Gaza to do the same. That will require strong political leadership, a new vision, and cooperation with Israel.
3. People require assistance and intervention to rescue them.
Third-party intervention from the UN is needed to facilitate Gaza people developing more workable political governance. Israel and Gaza representatives need to work together to produce an economic and political partnership to address Gaza citizens’ needs.
4. People must be ready for rescue by having realized their plight without it.
Gaza citizens must be ready to work with Israel to produce a desired outcome. That means if people don’t want to work with Israel on a solution, they need to consider the options:
a. Leave Gaza
b. Resist and be killed
c. Change their attitude
Readiness to put humanitarian needs and livelihood ahead of ideology and religious differences is a product of will and cultivation. People must see the balance of consequences.
5. People are living with disruptive outside influences.
As in all instances in the Middle East, the root of problems is from sectarian and factional influences that begins with extreme Islamic ideology. Nations that possess wealth in the Middle East resulting from petroleum are the sources of problems because their government structures deny people freedom and economic equity and equality. Their external influence must be neutralized as a part of the way ahead.