NOTE: Reuter's Photograph shows one of the 'rich' Palestinian families suffering from an embarrassing mechanical problem with their SUV as they go on a shopping visit to Egypt to buy 'luxury' consumer goods!
Since the Hamas Freedom Fighters blew a number of holes in the Rafah security wall there has been a bizarre political dance in progress. America first entered the action by stopping a 100 million dollar aid package to Egypt. This was punishment because Egypt didn't stop the wall being blown up and because it didn't seal the border immediately so that the Israeli blockade of Gaza could continue. Israel huffed and puffed on the sidelines.
Subsequently, many thousands of Palestinians from Gaza entered Egypt and bought food, medicines and fuel from a nearby town to ease their collective suffering. The Egyptians stated that they were sympathetic to their Arab brothers and their plight. So, for several days, the flow continued.
Now Abbas has entered the equation. He is the leader of the Fatah Party which lost the democratic election, remember? Now, since his loss, Israel, America and the West have been courting him, trying to promote him to a position where the Palestinians Authority and Fatah again control the Palestinians. Why? Because he is weak and easily manipulated.
Now comes the irony. Once the border is resealed, a process that has begun, Abbas has kindly offered to control the Rafah crossing between Hamas-controlled Gaza and Egypt. To help him he has agreed that Israel, which controls no Rafah territory, and the E.U. will be allowed to have monitoring rights. This means that a person leaving Gaza at the Rafah crossing has to satisfy the Israelis, the E.U., Hamas, Hamas's bitter rival the Palestinian Authority, and Egypt! That's five different sets of authorities. Re-entering requires the same tortuous process! Comedy capers indeed (except if you're a Palestinian).
The lunacy that prevails in the Middle East is attributable to Israel and America. They play the music and the Palestinians, after forty years of occupation, like caged monkeys, dance till they drop!
How much longer will this human tragedy continue?