GROWING BITTERNESS IN GAZA

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Last update – 09:55 09/02/2007

By Amira Hass
The wave of killings in Gaza on Thursday of last week was sparked by a suspicion: Hamas members feared that containers Israel allowed to enter Gaza held weapons for the Presidential Guard. They fired on the trucks, killing four members of the Guard, and Gaza once again entered a lethal whirlpool: 30 dead and more than 200 wounded.

No rifle or bullet was displayed for the TV cameras, which made it clear to everyone that Hamas propagandists either lied or relied on false information. The containers held only routine equipment, not weapons, for the Presidential Guard.

Surely the attackers would have greeted the trucks with flowers had they known the trucks held equipment designed to “improve the fabric of their life.” What is the connection between security equipment, the Presidential Guard and an improvement in everyday life? It can be found in a document the Defense Ministry and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) presented on January 12 regarding the “easing of daily life.” One of its headings: ‘The comprehensive plan for improving the Palestinian population’s fabric of life.”

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