Monday, February 02, 2009

One More Link: Gaza & Michael Totten

This is the most pragmatic, interesting interview I have read on Gaza & the Palestinians.

Khaled Abu Toameh is not your typical Palestinian journalist. He began his career at one of Yasser Arafat’s newspapers and today he writes for the Jerusalem Post.

Read it all. Among the many points he makes is that the tunnels in Gaza are not only for weapons, they are for EVERYTHING.

Smuggling is a business. We're doing Hamas an injustice by saying they're the ones who established the tunnels. These tunnels have been there since 1967. In the 1970s I visited some of the tunnels. In the 1980s I visited the tunnels. When Arafat was there I visited the tunnels. These tunnels are part of the culture. It's a cultural thing over there. If you have your own tunnel it's like you have your own business. Hamas now takes taxes and gives people a license to build their tunnel.

This is also explored in this article from