Sunday, November 03, 2013

  • Sunday, November 03, 2013
  • Elder of Ziyon
On Friday, I reported that Gaza was running out of fuel because of the failure to pay their bills, and I predicted that soon we will see heartbreaking photos out of Gaza that will blame Israel.

Right on schedule, Hamas came through on Twitter:


Even Gazans no longer buy Hamas' lies, as this Gaza-based reporter writes for AllVoices:

Quite frankly, the party responsible for all the crises in the Gaza Strip is Hamas, which has failed in managing Gaza's affairs since it seized it in 2007, because it relied on illegal ways to obtain goods and petroleum through the tunnels between Egypt and Gaza.

Last week, Ala al-Rafati, Hamas' economy minister, confirmed that the closure of tunnels since June has cost Gaza around $230 million monthly.

This is the amount that Hamas obtains from taxes imposed on the entry and exit of goods through tunnels.

Unfortunately, Hamas does not spend this amount on Gaza 's population, but only for Hamas' members. This is clear to all the people of Gaza who suffer so much from its rule.

Many people in Gaza are eagerly waiting for Nov. 11. This is the day agreed upon by most of the population of Gaza to demonstrate and call the whole world to help them end Hamas rule in Gaza, which led to a rise in poverty rates and unemployment, in addition to the electricity and water crises.
The $230 million figure is way inflated, Hamas' budget is nowhere near that amount, but Hamas did get most of its revenue from taxing tunnel goods.

And the planned November 11th protests, which we have reported here for a while, will be very interesting indeed. Hamas has been threatening reporters who talk about the anti-Hamas movement in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas says he is working to resolve the fuel crisis, but he seems to be trying to work not with Israel, but with Egypt!

Yasser Wadia, leader of the independent figures in the Gaza Strip, said that President Abbas promised to resolve the crisis within the next few hours, indicating that intensive contacts took place during the past few hours with the leadership in Ramallah and Hamas in Gaza and the Egyptian leadership to solve the electricity crisis.

With regard to contacts with the Egyptian side Wadia said PalPress "We talked with the Egyptians on all matters pertaining to Gaza to overcome the current crisis and return to normal," adding that the Egyptian leadership understands the Supreme command.

He pointed out that Egypt promised to solve the problem of fuel the country in the coming days, saying, "The Egyptians told us clearly that the security problems in the Sinai is what is preventing the arrival of fuel to Gaza."
I find this hard to believe. Egyptians in the Sinai have their own fuel problems and if Egypt starts allowing fuel to Gaza they will riot. This sounds more to me like Egypt is pushing the Gazans off.





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