An Israel-Proposed "Infrastructure Project" for the United States in Gaza

22 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>An Israel-Proposed "Infrastructure Project" for the United States in Gaza</h1><p>May 22 (LPAC)-- <em>Ha'aretz</em> correspondent Aluf Benn reports that Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, during her recent visit to Egypt, proposed setting up water barriers on the Egyptian side of the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip. This would entail flooding of smuggling tunnels. The proposal said the U.S. would finance the project. Benn notes that the technical side of the proposal has yet to be examined, and that the Foreign Ministry is also considering the deployment of an international force on the border to present smuggling.</p><p>It remains unclear why FM Livni has opted to discuss such an exotic proposal that may not even be technically possible due to both engineering and environmental grounds, instead of a more direct solution, such as Egypt exercising its right of eminent domain and bulldozing a sterile zone of 1,000-2,000 meters on their side of the border in order to make tunnel construction both difficult and readily observable. But Livni's omission is probably because of the high amount of sympathy in Egypt for the Palestinian people.</p><p>Not surprisingly, there are no U.S.-Israeli infrastructure projects that supply fresh, clean water to the citizens of Gaza to alleviate the abominable living conditions imposed there by the Israeli occupation and sealing off of the area.</p></div></body>