About ten days or so, the Middle East scholar Micah Halpern (micahhalpern.com) spoke at an Israel Bonds Dinner we had; he was articulate and most impressive! Later that week, I share some of the comments he made at our synagogue:
Saturday June 14, 2008
I’ve Been Thinking:
Today is the first anniversary of the Hamas coup in Gaza.
One year since Hamas emerged victorious over Fatah in Gaza.
Unlike many anniversaries, this anniversary is worth noting.
Hamas, of course, will be celebrating.
Some interesting statistics about Gaza:
70% of Gazans would prefer to live anywhere in the world, just not in Gaza
70% of Gazans are on welfare
60% of Gazans earn less than $2 dollars a day
Gaza is a dictatorship.
Gaza has no industry and Hamas does not govern.
Gazans live entirely on handouts from abroad, with the most significant allocations coming from Iran.
Gaza was never the lap of luxury.
Gaza under Hamas is the epitome of squalor.
Until Hamas is ousted that will not change.
Now, after Micah spoke, a couple of days later I decided to join a blog discussion (http://radarsite.blogspot.com/2008/06/from-other-sites-on-line-9-jun-08.html) on the problem of Gaza; here are some common sense approaches proposed by a number of people I encountered. Please note what they say concerning the dilemma that we are faced with in Gaza: