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The conventional meme I gather is that Israel is blockading Gaza for the simple reason that it is mean and wants to punish the Palestinians there for no reason at all, and that security concerns are mere pretext for the blood-thirsty, civilian slaughtering military of the Jewish State.
The notion that Israel is and always was starving the Gazan people, is of course an absolute lie and a blood libel in many instances. But to my principal point this morning, I submit to you that Israel, and only Israel, is the one nation-state in the history of the world that would be accused of maintaining a prison of an entire population when that population has a border with another country that Israel has no control over. That nation is Egypt and it is run by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Here are the facts. Egypt continues to prevent the free flow of goods and people into and out of Gaza. Let me put it another way: Egypt, led by the latest sectarian dictator or sectarian dictator-puppet to enter the world stage, continues to blockade Gaza as Mubarek did. And, to make matters "worse" (or not), Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, is now flooding the tunnels between Egypt and Gaza with sewer water to shut down that trade, and they are doing so for--get this, security reasons.
There is so much to be sad about in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is so much to be sad about when it comes to Israeli policy specifically. But personally and to the extent I represent other Jews who cannot be accused of not listening to other viewpoints-- I just will continue without apology to turn off folks who lead with false charges of Israeli blockades or genocide or whatever. That dog don't hunt, and reacting to that dog is what I find myself doing more often than not. And that's cool, because we play with the hand we're dealt.