Opinion – Judy Asks: Should Europe Pay to Rebuild Gaza? – Carnegie Europe – John Gelmini

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Dr Alf raises a good point and I have even less faith in the EU and its ability to manage its own finances, let alone overseas aid than he does.

The cycle of bombing and destruction, rebuilding at the expense of the EU and American taxpayer, and the financing by the same taxpayers of the armaments used to undertake the bombing makes no sense.

Allowing Hamas to divert the raw materials into rockets and acts of terror, smuggling tunnels and more mayhem makes even less sense.

It would probably be cheaper to pay each Palestinian, particularly the young, a £10,000 gbp bounty to leave and settle in the West subject to them meeting citizenship criteria.

Palestine as now constituted is not a viable economic entity and can only exist with overseas aid, so the solution with those of them that are not suited to life in the West as with other displaced people is to effectively “outsource” them to other moderate Muslim countries.

This is so that eventually there would be so few of them that Hamas and other militant factions would have no reason to be there any longer.

John Gelmini

Judy Asks: Should Europe Pay to Rebuild Gaza? – Carnegie Europe

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tent Camp, Gaza Strip

Tent Camp, Gaza Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Grad rocket fired from Gaza hits Sout...

English: Grad rocket fired from Gaza hits Southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva and destroys a kindergarten classroom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Map of Gaza Strip, Stand December 200...

English: Map of Gaza Strip, Stand December 2008 (SVG version of File:Gaza Strip map.png by Lencer) Français : Carte de la bande de Gaza (décembre 2008) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an insightful look at Gaza from a series of experts, published by Judy Dempsey in Carnegie Europe, a global think tank. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via Judy Asks: Should Europe Pay to Rebuild Gaza? – Carnegie Europe.

For me, the most resonant comment came from Tommy Steiner, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Hertzliya:

I appreciate European misgivings on reconstructing Gaza—all over again. Sadly, previous rounds of rebuilding alleviated living conditions in Gaza only temporarily. That is because the Hamas government used money and construction materials such as iron and cement to build rockets and an intricate network of tunnels to smuggle arms into Gaza and launch terror attacks on Israel.

Hamas has also used the Gaza Strip as a launchpad to fire 18,000 rockets and mortars toward Israel since the Israeli withdrawal of 2005, compelling Israel to use force to thwart the rocket fire. The limits and regrettable collateral damage of air strikes are all too apparent in the international campaign against the Islamic State.

Last weekend in Cairo, donors from the Gulf, the US and Europe pledged USD 5 Billion to help rebuild Gaza. Europe alone has previously given a similar amount to rebuild Gaza. As I indicated in another blog, there is very little effective control on how these funds are deployed. What percentage of the funds reach the needy and what percentage is diverted in corruption or to support terrorism? The EU has a poor record in foreign aid.

Thoughts?