Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[BRIEF NOTE] Egypt-Gaza

Two posts at Hunting Monsters (1, 2) on the plight of the Gaza Strip under Israeli blockade were recently followed by two posts (1, 2) on Hamas' spectacular destruction of the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Egypt. (It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who thought of the fall of the Berlin Wall when I saw the television footage.)

The recent news that Egypt and the Hamas administration in Gaza are moving to regulate the crossings of the Egypt-Gaza border makes me wonder about a recent post by David Bernstein at the Volokh Conspiracy. Even though he has evidenced a strong bias in other other Middle East postings, he may be right to argue that, for Gazans, Egypt may come to play the same role as an economic lifeline and trading partner that Israel used to before the first intifada. This has obvious implications for the unity of the Palestinian territories, since Egypt is most unlikely to be able to project its economic power to the West Bank for any number of reasons.
Tags: egypt, middle east
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