Thousands of Gazans again went into Egypt after another section of the border wall was demolished by a bulldozeer. Egptian troops are now confronting their worse nightmare, beng compelled to take action against fellow Arabs. Further north on the Israel-Gaza border, Israeli troops appeared unconcerned that Egyptians are dealing with the Gaza mess that stems from Hamas seizure of power from Fatah. A Senior Hamas offical, Ahmed Youssef, threatened Israel with the prospect of a 500,000 people march against the border opening at Erez. “This is not an imaginary scenario and many Palesltinians would be prepared to sacrifice their lives.” Hamas rhetoric of bravery somehow always involves innocent people being placed in dangerous situations.
The last thing Egypt will allow to happen is being charged with full responsibility for keeping order in Gaza. They intend as quickly as possible to restore some sense of normality and thrust back on Israel’s shoulders the onerous task of keeping law and order in an area in which chaos appears to be the order of the day. For a moment, Israel is content to stand by and watch Egyptian troops deal with a situation they have been confronting.
This blog believes it is time for the United Nations to assume contol of the mess that has become Gaza. Rocket attacks have to end and Israel has to open up all crossings and allow trade and commerce to resume. Perhaps, a UN force composed of Turkish or Moroccan troops might be able to ensure peace is restored to the people of Gaza.