“A thriving economy in Gaza would help Israeli society, not just Palestinian society”.

“We’re in a different place from where we were five or seven years ago”

“We’re in a different place from where we were five or seven years ago”

January 26, 2015. Eitan Diamond, Gish’as executive director, and Sari Bashi, Gisha’s co-founder, appeared as guests on Israeli public radio show “The Social Hour” with Michael Miro.

“We’re in a different place from where we were five or seven years ago”, Bashi said in the interview. “Seven years ago, we were trying to convince people that punishing Gaza residents didn’t weaken Hamas. Over the years, we fought for transparency about the policy in order to show, for example, that denying cilantro had nothing to do with security interests, and also in an attempt to show that limiting travel didn’t help Israel, and actually even harmed it, because a thriving economy in Gaza helps Israeli society, not just Palestinian society”.

According to Diamond: “We look at Israel’s interests, and they actually go hand in hand with obeying international law. A policy that stifles Gaza, that imposes a strict closure and separation from the rest of the world, ultimately fails to serve Israel’s interests as well. We’re glad to hear the Minister of Defense and the Chief of Staff made statements along these lines as well”.

For the full interview, click here (Hebrew).