Mar. 3, 2015
• Ali Ibrahim offers one of the clearest responses to Hamas “tunnel vision.”
The truth is that if Hamas wanted an honest review of its experience of governing the Gaza Strip for a period of ten years which has failed by all accounts, it must give up its obsession with tunnels. The idea of housing the two million Palestinians inhabiting the strip underground is a ridiculous one;tunnels are for mice and not for humans who yearn to breathe the air of freedom and open sea ports.
The tunnels were not for resistance purposes. Rather, hundreds of them were dug on the border with Egypt to smuggle goods, weapons and militants and are disrupting the economy and security of its large neighbour Egypt. The Palestinians have nothing to gain from being hostile towards or provoking Egypt as the movement used to do by deliberately publishing pictures of cows, calves and cars being lowered into tunnels to smuggle them.
All of this could have been done above ground but Hamas chose underground tunnels to conceal its illegal activities, and no sovereign state accepts tunnels under its land where it cannot control what passes through them.
(Click on the link at the top to see the whole article…Ed.)