Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gaza left out in the cold

The US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and Israeli policy seek to exclude residents of the Gaza Strip

Laila El-Haddad, Thursday 16 September 2010

"....The US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, has said that Hamas will have no role in the negotiations, leading many here to question how Gaza fits into the equation.
"Do they plan to get Gaza outside the Palestinian territories?" Anan, the computer engineer, asked.

In fact, a new Israeli policy document shows Israel intends to do just that. In a recent presentation from the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) before the Turkel committee, the official goals of Israeli policy regarding Gaza were laid out in no uncertain terms: "Upholding civilian and economic limitations on Gaza, limiting people from entering or exiting the strip", and critically, "to separate the West Bank from Gaza"....."

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