Rebuilding Gaza will cost $7.8 billion (£4.7 billion), the Palestinian Authority said on Thursday, in the most comprehensive assessment yet of damage from a seven-week war with Israel during which whole neighbourhoods and vital infrastructure were flattened.
It’s, essentially, a refugee camp. So why spend all that money on rebuilding it?
I understand the political desires of some: to keep the Palestinians locked up in such an area provides a useful excuse as to why Israel is the most evil place ever. But this all dates from many decades ago. Those Germans thrown out of the Sudetenland, about 50 of them turn up each year in Usti nad Labem (Aussig as was) to shout about the injustice of it all (and it was indeed an injustice) but the rest have dispersed and built new lives elsewhere. The Poles kicked out of what is now Western Ukraine, they’ve dispersed and built new lives (often in those parts of what was Eastern Germany that became Western Poland). These events weren’t directly contemporaneous, I agree, but they’re of a similar vintage.
Why keep 1.8 million people festering in a scrap of desert? Whack out an Arab nation passport of the Gazan’s choice to each and every one of them and have done with this pimple?
Yeah, yeah, I know, Zionist oppression and all that. But damnit, why in hell is this the one group of people who have lost a war that are still, 60 odd years later, being punished for that loss? Why in buggery isn’t it just a bad memory, just as those population movements post WWII are?