An article in yesterday’s Haaretz cites Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Brig. Gen. Eitan Dangot’s having told the Palestinian Authority that Israel will facilitate an increase the number of trucks entering Gaza by 50%. Dangot claims that in the near future, Israel will allow 150 trucks per day via Kerem Shalom and the equivalent of 120 trucks per day of aggregates via the conveyer belt at Karni, for a total of 270 trucks per day.
That’s better than the current average of 138.5 trucks per day (based on 21 working days per month and including trucks of fuel and gas crossing at Kerem Shalom) but it’s far from what Gaza needs. Even if Dangot’s plan becomes reality, the increase would bring us to just 51% of what Gaza residents need for ordinary trade and activity, not including the additional and immediate demand for tens of thousands of truckloads of construction materials needed to repair damage from the war.
And even if import increases, it’s not clear that raw materials for manufacturing and industry will be included in the increase in items or that export will be allowed. In other words, restrictions continue to apply on goods with no apparent security correlation, pursuant to the policy of crippling Gaza’s economy and keeping residents there dependent on charity. And let’s not forget that people, 1.5 million of them, are still being blocked from traveling into and out of Gaza to reach jobs, training opportunities, schools, medical treatment and family.
Maybe someone should ask them if they feel that the closure has been eased.