Saturday, December 19, 2009

Perfect timing

In a story on the threat by a German mediator that he will quit if Israel and Hamas do not reach a deal soon on a prisoner exchange, Reuters correspondents Alexander Dziadosz and Ori Lewis suggest:
The United Nations and Western powers hope a succesful swap will open the way to a relaxation of Israel's blockade of Gaza, where 1.5 million Palestinians are dependent on food aid and smuggled goods for daily survival.
Reuters' timing is impeccable as we just ran a story (below) from Palestine Today about Palestinian snipers taking pot shots at Egyptian security forces due to their apparent displeasure with a 7-mile-long subterranean steel wall Egypt is constructing under the Gaza border to prevent smuggling.  In their story, Dziadosz and Lewis cite only "Israel's blockade" -- no mention of Egypt.

Note also, how Dziadosz and Lewis imply that all 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza are dependent on food aid (and smuggled goods).  Apparently, they haven't seen the pics from the market.

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