Princess Diana once famously observed that there were three people in her marriage, “so it was a bit crowded.” The same is true of Israelis and Palestinians. The third person in their marriage is Mother Nature — and she’ll batter both of them if they do not come to their senses.
Let’s start with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. If there were an anti-Nobel Peace Prize — that is, the Nobel Prize for Cynicism and Reckless Disregard for One’s Own People in Pursuit of a Political Fantasy — it would surely be conferred on Hamas, which just facilitated the tragic and wasted deaths of roughly 60 Gazans by encouraging their march, some with arms, on the Israeli border fence in pursuit of a “return” to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel.
While the march idea emerged from Palestinian society in Gaza, Hamas seized on it to disguise its utter failure to produce any kind of decent life for the Palestinians there, whom Hamas has ruled since 2007.
You hear people say: “What choice did they have? They’re desperate.” Well, I’ll give you a choice — one that almost certainly would lead to an improved life for Gazans, one that I first proposed in 2011.
via Opinion | Hamas, Netanyahu and Mother Nature – The New York Times
Thank you Thomas Friedman, for another useful and informative op-ed. All the comments I read but the NYT pick were extremely negative, but, as Dad said, don’t let the bastards get you down.
I particularly liked your paragraph, “Moreover, the renewable extraction rate for Gaza’s underground aquifer is about 60 million cubic meters of rain water annually, noted Bromberg, but Gazans have been drawing about 200 million cubic meters a year for over a decade, “so the aquifer has gotten drained and seawater has seeped into it, and many people are now drinking water that is both salty and polluted with sewage.””
You are right, mother nature is about to play a big role in Gaza and the entire middle east. You are right to call out the Israelis, since they have the stronger hand, and they have the land of the Palestinians. Overtime, they are a doomed people, if they don’t figure out how to take care of the Palestinians.
Turning Gaza into a smaller Singapore is a good idea. I wonder if it requires a brutal re-occupation of Gaza to wipe out Hamas. It is impossible to support Israel, when they keep taking even more Palestinian land and property through illegal and immoral settlement building. With these new displacements, they act like terrorists in their own obnoxious way.
David Lindsay Jr. is the author of “The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth-century Vietnam,” and blogs at TheTaySonRebellion.com and InconvenientNews.wordpress.com