At Last, the Truth Be Told!

Since Israel’s unilateral disengagement from Gaza in 2005, the standard of living for the Palestinian people in Gaza has steadily declined even though Israel gifted the Palestinians with thriving agricultural lands, productive greenhouses and beautiful beachfront communities. From day one of possessing Gaza, the Palestinian leadership began to demolish the greenhouses, raze the infrastructure including schools and synagogues and turn the lush farming fields into artillery launching sites.  For the past thirteen years the citizens of Gaza have suffered greatly and somehow the world has always pointed the finger at Israel.  Remember, a lie that is told often enough eventually becomes the truth.

But, finally, we are seeing the light.  Israel is not to blame for the deplorable conditions in Gaza.  It’s the Palestinian Authority who has literally kept their people in the dark limiting them to only four hours of electricity each day and rationing food at a minimum level and all the while blaming Israel.  Who is it that is finally telling the truth?  Surprisingly, it is Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) himself.  And why is he doing this?  Because it is now to his advantage to stir the people against Hamas as well as against Israel.  He is trying to pressure Hamas into relinquishing control of Gaza to the PA which governs the Palestinians in the West Bank and he is applying this pressure by threatening to further curtail the availability of electricity.  Israel has publicly proclaimed that it is ready to help the people of Gaza by providing the fuel to run their electric plants and Qatar has agreed to purchase this fuel which has angered Abbas.  If conditions for the people of Gaza improve, it will be more difficult to stir them into riotous behavior.  Suffering Palestinians are of greater use to Abbas and if he can’t blame their suffering on Israel he will blame it on Hamas.

Headquartered in Ramallah, Mahmoud Abbas is declaring the Palestinian Authority to be the only legitimate government of the Palestinian people.  He is concerned that Israel and the U.S. will work out some type of peace agreement with Hamas in Gaza which Abbas says would not be legitimate. 

The deputy head of Hamas’ political department publicly revealed that the Palestinian Authority threatened those workers who would transport the fuel as well as those employed by the electric plants if the Palestinian people receive more than four hours of electricity a day.  Clearly Mahmoud Abbas does not care about the Palestinian people.  He is using them as pawns in his quest to maintain power.  Not only is he holding back the fuel which powers the plants that provide electricity so desperately needed by the people in order to be gainfully employed and live comfortably, he has also withheld funds earmarked for humanitarian aid specifically to Gazans.   It’s time for the people of Gaza to realize who is their real enemy and for the world to stop blaming Israel.