How to Boost Gaza's Economy without Boosting Hamas

To give Gazans a stake in their economic development, Israel could encircle Gaza with economic opportunities just beyond its borders—and thus just outside the terrorists’ control.

Gaza’s power plant on August 17, 2020. Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Gaza’s power plant on August 17, 2020. Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

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June 21 2021
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Yechiel Leiter is director of the international department of the Shiloh Policy Forum. He has served as deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Education and as chief of staff to Israel’s minister of finance.

With over 50 percent of Gazans unemployed and a similar number suffering from food insecurity, Michael Oren is obviously correct to say that “Hamas wants the Gazans to suffer.” It would seem then that to consider economic development for Gaza while Hamas remains in power is to dream an impossible dream.

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