UN Blames Israel for Gaza’s ‘Inviable’ Future

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UNRWA highlights the problem without placing responsibility where it belongs – the Gaza Palestinians themselves once they assumed control of the Gaza territory. They are destroying their own water supplies, including allowing the digging of too many wells that drain water from the low water tables and not using a water treatment plant that Israel had left behind.

Because much of the southern half of Israel is desert and receives very little rainfall, Israel has had to use technical ingenuity to make up for this deficit and “make the desert bloom.”  Israel is the world’s leader in wastewater recovery, with a water recycling rate of about 75 percent.  Israel is also a world leader in the development of conservation measures, drip irrigation, desalinization, and water-efficient crops.

If the Palestinians were to foreswear violence and give up their fruitless jihad against the Jewish state, they may find Israel to be a willing partner in helping them to find ways to relieve the water shortage in Gaza.  Jordan has followed that course. In addition to Israel’s agreement to transfer millions of cubic meters of water annually from the northern part of Israel to Jordan, the two countries have agreed to cooperate to alleviate water shortage conditionsby developing existing and new water resources, by preventing contamination of water resources, and by minimizing water wastage.

There is even one honest UN official, Ibrahim Thaiw, Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, United Nations Environment Programme, who has recognized Israel’s generosity in sharing its knowledge with other countries. During a 2007 UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Thaiw stated that “Israel is the best example of a country that has managed to live with the desert. It is a noble gesture that you are willing to share your knowledge with other countries.”

The answer to the question “Will the Gaza Strip be Viable in 2020?” depends on the Palestinians themselves.  United Nations Humanitarian CoordinatorMaxwell Gaylard and his UNRWA cohorts would do well to listen to Thaiw’s observations concerning Israel’s willingness to help others solve their water scarcity problems. These UN officials should urge the Palestinian leadership to seek a peaceful partnership with Israel that could result in technical assistance to help relieve Gaza’s water shortage rather than continue to engage in an endless war of terror. Instead, their latest report castigating an Israeli “occupation” of Gaza that does not exist enables the Palestinian victimhood culture, which blames everyone but the Palestinians themselves for their ownself-inflicted problems.

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  • SAM000

    The presence of the American Diplomat JEFFREY D. FELTMAN and Banki Moon in his visit to Khameneii. http://www.rajanews.com/detail.asp?id=136223

  • Steven Schrier

    They say, the water Londoners drink has been drunk by six people before them! Coca Cola filters and bottles it to sell all over England. Amazing what one can do with a little old used water if you want.

    • Nehama

      Ah, that explains the taste of Coca Cola!

    • mlcblog

      The fact is that water is a miracle substance and can safely be used over and over. When it is distilled (I believe Coca Cola uses this process) it is returned to its pure state with nothing else in it. An apparently not well known scientific fact, known by those who have had high school biology and/or chemistry.

    • Omar

      England is not a country. The United Kingdom (or Britain) is a country. England is an internal division. Calling the UK "England" is disrespecting the people who live in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I believe all the water on earth has always been here, because it's not coming from anywhere else!

  • Rifleman

    Israel should have enough armed drones over gaza that they need an air traffic control system to keep them from colliding. When gazan rocket and mortar teams have a low probability of surviving their attacks on Israel or better yet, stand a high chance of getting picked off while they're still setting up their tubes and quassams, they won't be so eager to launch on Israel. Of course, the 'palis' most often launch from behind civilians, and Israel, not them, would take an absurd PR hit for that, but 'pali' civilians will learn to dread and hate the presence of their own rocket and mortar teams.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I believe that's the same strategy Hezbollah used in Lebanon (i.e. firing their Katayushas from civilian neighborhoods).

      • Rifleman

        They use day care centers, schools, and hospitals as firing positions, C3 nodes, and weapons storage. They even set up around UN 'peacekeeping' positions. They do it with any enemy that has moral inhibitions against killing women, children, and old folks. In their eyes the human shields are shahid, and going straight to heaven if they are killed, or infidels deserving of their fate.

        You'll notice they don't use human shields much against fellow muslims. Human shields are a liability, rather than an asset against anybody who won't hesitate to hit the target. The moral burden is on the employers of human shields, and I think allowing it to be effective only encourages it, and raises the number of dead civilians over the long haul.

        • Kufar Dawg

          I do remember reading about how in the Cast Lead operation the palesimians were using ambulances as APC's and ammunition carriers. They also used mosques as OP's and ammunition dumps. Israel's restraint in dealing w/these issues has been amazing. I'm surprised they didn't just call in 155mm artillery in on the mosques and hospitals so used.

          • Rifleman

            They use the ambulance tric, every now and then one will wreck and scatter ordnance all over the place. Calling in artillery fire is exactly what their own usually does.

  • oldtimer

    There was a rap or raggie song out a few years ago, the kids played alot, by someone(I think) called Shaggy, "Wasn't me" ……. When ever you can, blame it on some one else, just like 0 does.

  • Mike

    The land should have never been given to the PA to begin with! They never owned it and look at the problems that have been created since 2005. Seems like muslims are always in need of someone elses help and demand things that don't belong to them. Islam.. what a terrible way of life!!

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Klein seems to think that a blockade where you landlock three sides of a territory and on the fourth side prevent any shipping has no effect on living conditions in the territory. He also asserts that because there is no Israeli standing in the actual land of Gaza, the area is not under Israeli control. He also contends that shooting people who bring relief goods to the people in Gaza has no effect upon their overall well-being. All of these wacky assertions come from a man who claims to be a "Harvard-trained lawyer." Are these the kind of lawyers that Harvard cranks out these days?

    • Norman Trubik

      Schlomotion, did you actually read the article because your post makes no sense at all?

      • Schlomotion

        It makes sense to people not raised on a Kibbutz.

        • Lillith
          • Schlomotion

            Are you contending that the tourism industry does not try to make places look better than they are?

          • Choi

            You can click your heels together all you want ,it will NOT change the FACT that THERE IS NO PALESTINE!

        • Ted G

          Are you perhaps an islamic cleric at the Rochester mosque? Cause the bile you spew is very much how islamists talk.

        • Kufar Dawg

          And delusional Jew hatred makes sense to anyone raised in the islamic faith.

    • EVABeliever

      Schlo, once again your ignorant hatred of Jews comes shining through. Gazan Arabs were GIVEN Gaza in hopes of leading to a peaceful co-existence. Jews were forcefully evicted from their homes in order to facilitate the handover. All the Arabs had to do was prove their desire to live alongside Israel peacefully. Yet, they couldn't do that. Within a year or so the Arabs chose Hamas to represent them. They chose a Jew-hating organization that has done nothing but promote hate and fire rockets into Israel. Yet you blame Israel for not opening the border? All you see is what you want to see based on your stupid hate. Gazan Arabs are their own worst enemy. You, and your ilk, aid and abet in their despair.

      • Schlomotion

        Israel gives countries away to people based on good behavior? You should stick to singing. You are not in a good way to dictate what the outcomes of elections should be.

        • Stern

          Now you're being deliberately obtuse. That's not what EVA said at all! As the post makes perfectly clear, Israel withdraw from Gaza in the "hopes" that Gazans would choose peaceful existence. I'm beginning to suspect that you skipped reading class as well as geography, history and how to think rationally.

          • Schlomotion

            Sorry. I didn't mean to upset the team. I think we all know what Israel "hopes" for. They hope for Gaza and the West Bank to be eradicated of Palestinians, and they hope to obtain all of Jerusalem. They hope that a Likud favorable candidate will win the next American election, and they hope that no one will ever criticize them.

          • Touchstone

            I think we all know what Schlomotion "hopes" for. He hopes that Michael Moore will be thrown "into a pit of sharpened stakes". He hopes that someone will "wring" Ben Shapiro's "neck". He hopes that Iran will get the bomb (as he explicitly wrote very recently). He hopes that Iran will use that bomb to eradicate Israel. He hopes that American Jews will suffer violent reprisals (starting with Ben Shapiro, of course). He hopes for the eradication of anyone he finds obnoxious. If it's something violent and hateful, and if the target is a Jew, there's a good chance he's hoping for it right now.

            Now you know how it feels when someone tells you what you're hoping for, hypocrite.

          • Schlomotion

            You are quite brimming with wrongfulness. I don't want Israel eradicated. That's just in your fanatical mind. I want Israel to be a self-contained and peaceful state with a nice highway system that lets Israel and Palestine live harmoniously with over and underpasses, equal access to water, and fair use of the Mediterranean Sea. Oh, yes, and an end to Israeli espionage and propaganda campaigns in the United States, and kindly, the full dismantlement of JINSA and AIPAC.

          • Touchstone

            You missed the point. Wasn't the first time.

            In your previous post, you listed what you claim in all your telepathic perspicacity Israel allegedly "hopes for". It was utterly hysterical and "quite brimming with wrongfulness."

            Hence I decided to ascribe to YOU all manner of evil intent, to make you see how it feels to be unfairly smeared and demonized, and how wickedly stupid it was for you to impute such evil motives to "Israel", lambasting an entire country in the process. Sadly, your thick head is permanently submerged in an impenetrable fog, so naturally you didn't get the point.

            A few of your "hopes", however, were wishes you did indeed make crystal clear (re: Moore, Shapiro, and Iran getting the bomb).

          • Ghostwriter

            Riiiiiiiiiiight!!!!!!! You know the Palestinians hate Jews to the very depths of their soul,Schlomotion. They don't want peace with them,they want them DEAD!!!!

          • Drakken

            The way your fakestinian friends are going they will either be pushed into the sea in Gaza or the West Bank will push them into Jordan proper, I hope your there when it happens and get the Corrie treatment, but your too much of a flaming coward to actually do anything, all talk and no action, in other words your a puzzy.

          • Schlomotion

            You are living proof of why the US is losing in Afghanistan.

          • Kufar Dawg

            As long as Afghanistan is an islamic theocracy no one can win.

          • Omar

            Israel hopes for peace with its neighbors. Arabs living in Israel have more rights as Israeli citizens than the people living in other countries in the Middle East. Hamas, Hezbollah and their allies want to eradicate Israel and the Jews.

          • Kufar Dawg

            Delusional Jew hatred, islam and thinking "rationally" don't really mix well.

          • Rifleman

            "Deliberately obtuse" is schlomo's specialty.

        • Ted G

          Does an islamist troll get paid by the failed lies or the rhetoric. Cause if so that might make schlo a part of the 1%

          • Choi

            @Ted G :It could be BY THE POST with a BONUS for LONG POSTS,but money DEDUCTED if he does not DRAG the Jews/Israel into it.

      • Choi

        " All the Arabs had to do was prove their desire to live alongside Israel peacefully. Yet, they couldn't do that."
        One correction:THEY WOULDN'T DO THAT

    • Stern

      Um, schlobowelmotion, you seem to have skipped geography when you were in school. Look at a map. See that rather large country on the other side of Gaza from Israel? It's called Egypt. It's an independent country and is not ruled by Israel. Israel has no say over the border between Gaza and Egypt. So Israel cannot possibly "land lock three sides" of Gaza.

      Got it?

      • Schlomotion

        No, actually, I don't got it, because Israel likes to say what happens in the Sinai, and also wants to say which government can control Egypt. Plus, if Egypt opened up completely to the Gazans, Ms. Glick would come on here and moan and wail. Also, are you trying to say that Israel no longer patrols the Philadelphi Route, doesn't monitor it, is not poised to retake it after they are "fired upon?"
        http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/the-

        • Stern

          Does Mr. Morsi know that you have such a low opinion of him? Is he aware that you consider him a "puppet" of the Zionist World Government?

          As for your link, I'm afraid this proves your descent into illiteracy. I quote from the piece you referred to:
          "There are quite a few policy makers in Jerusalem who believe that deploying several hundred Egyptian soldiers along the Philadelphi route is a strategic mistake, which will lead to disaster."

          I can see how you might be led to understand that Israel is deploying "several hundred Egyptian soldiers along the Philadelphi route". That sentence is rather badly written. But gee, Schlo, even you should know that Israel is not in command of the Egyptian army. Really, they're not.

          But keep going. This conversation is making you look more and more uneducated by the post.

          • Schlomotion

            Being that I am an American in Boston, I don't think Mr. Morsi knows very many of my opinions of him. Unlike you, I have very little concern for who runs Egypt.

          • Stern

            But you seem to believe that Israel does. And because of that, you get very exercised. You're contradicting yourself every time you hit the keyboard. And making yourself look more and more idiotic with every post.

          • Schlomotion

            Ms. Glick's body of writing for Frontpage's "Israel Security Project" (ha ha) indicates that not only are they concerned, they are obsessed.

          • Stern

            You cannot even follow the logic of a conversation now. I responded to your comment that you "have very little concern for who runs Egypt" by saying that you seem to believe Israel does. Somehow, this gets you ranting about Caroline Glick. Do I detect some stalking going on here?

          • Schlomotion

            I'm sorry, did you want me to name a different Israeli that you are more comfortable discussing?

          • Stern

            And now you're being deliberately obtuse. See my post above for the best way to deal with your nonsense.I should know better than to get drawn into your idiocies.

          • Kufar Dawg

            Maybe he's saying Morsi is a zionist.

        • Choi

          Bet that the TROLL does NOT KNOW EGYPT CONTROLLED GAZA until 1967 and they NOT ONLY didn't treat them well, but I doubt they even made them Egyptian Citizens.
          Egypt did NOT want Gaza when Sadat and Begin made the Treaty.

    • Kufar Dawg

      They cranked out the zero didn't they?

    • Kufar Dawg

      It's obviously not much of a "blockade" if the muslo-fascists who run Gaza have been able to fire over ten thousand rocket and mortar rounds into Israel — as well as one anti-tank missile into a school bus.

    • Omar

      Why don't you condemn Hamas for having a charter which calls for the destruction of Israel? Israel has tried to make peace with its neighbors in the Middle East for years. Arabs in Israel have more rights as Israeli citizens than the people in Gaza, the West Bank and every other country in the Middle East. Israel's military actions against Hamas are defensive actions against an enemy that has openly declared and committed to the destruction of the democratic state of Israel. If Hamas and its allies would stop their aggression against Israel and work for genuine peace, the whole conflict would be over soon. But that's not going to happen because while Israel believes in tolerance for all, Hamas wants intolerance.

    • Ghostwriter

      Once more,Schlomotion has proved that he's a complete idiot as well as a Jew hater. He can't go five seconds without attacking Jewish people. He has proven that he doesn't want peace in Israel,he wants dead Israelis.

  • Schlomotion

    So what? Hamas has an explicit charter and Likud has an unstated motivation.

    • Stern

      but, of course, being the mind reader that you are, you know exactly what Likud's motivation is. Never mind that just about everything they say and do contradicts your beliefs about them, you still know exactly what they intend.

      • Schlomotion

        Oh crystal ball… help me see into the minds of Likud:
        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4194213

        • Stern

          Your link contradicts your claim. It's a complaint by the LEFT – not Likud – the left, about a plan that the Likud government does not endorse. If you had taken the trouble to find the actual plan referred to, you would also have discovered this:

          "Up until two years ago, Naftali Bennett worked very closely with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the Likud chairman's chief of staff. Yet, as of today, he is positioned opposite him on the battlefront between the settlers and the government, which froze settlement building and will likely take more steps towards the Palestinians."

          Note the key words "positioned opposite".

          Bowelmotion, you've cracked under the strain of your unbearable hatred.

          • Schlomotion

            I don't care about left or right. I link to any content. Like any Person, any Party I link to is bound to be something you don't want to address. You claimed that Likud's motivations are unknowable, ineffable, e.g. the old fashioned Zionist argument that whatever we are talking about is far too esoteric to be enumerated, discussed or described, otherwise it is an act of delimiting antisemitism. You have Zionist arguments in a post-Zionist world.

          • Stern

            "You claimed that Likud's motivations are unknowable, ineffable"

            No I didn't. YOU claimed that you could read the mind of every Likudnik. I demonstrated that you are simply being deliberately obtuse. You don't debate, you poke, looking for a reaction, trying to stir us up.

            I don't know why I let myself be drawn in. The best approach to you is to ignore you every time.

    • Choi

      Now there is LEFT-WING"moral equivalence" if ever there was a case of it:
      HAMAS 'CHARTER calls for THE DESTRUCTION of ISRAEL and there EVERY ACTION is geared to that "goal".
      Israel JUST WANTS TO LIVE,with nobody trying to Destroy her and MURDER her citizens and must DEFEND ITSELF 24/7/365.
      That is WHAT this POS Schlo considers "unstated motivation"
      Yeah,TO LIVE,,and ANYTHING that contributes to that is SACRED WORK.
      NO MORAL EQUIVALENCE!

  • Drakken

    No other country on earth would tolerate these muslim savages firing rockets and mortars into their country, about time Israel says enough is enough and pushes that rats nest of savages in Gaza into the sea an calls it a day. It will be a lesson the savages in the West Bank will need to learn and good bloody riddance.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Meir Kahane knew that 20 years ago and he was ostracized/persecuted and eventually murdered for stating it.

      • Drakken

        Amen! You cannot make peace with muslim savages period!

  • Omar

    Israel has tried to help the people of Gaza so many times. However, Hamas doesn't want help from Israel, nor does Hamas want to help the people of Gaza. Hamas wants to continue making the people of Gaza miserable by keeping the territory poor and repressive so that they can falsely blame Gaza's ills on Israel. If the people of Gaza can just make peace with Israel, reject Hamas and abandon that organization's destructive goals, the territory could start improving economically, socially and politically and eventually form a state of their own. But of course, Hamas would not let that happen because the last thing the terrorist organization wants is Arabs and Jews working together for peace and stability.
    Free Gaza from Hamas!

    • Kufar Dawg

      Fata is no better. Hezbollah is no better. If you get rid of Hamas it will inevitably be replaced by yet another islamofascist party w/the same goals and mindset.

  • flowerknife_us

    The future of Gaza is all up to the Iranians. By all accounts, the "occupied" of Gaza would rather die than live with Jews. They make a point of raising their children that that is what they live for. Every thing else is just them and others bemoaning the fact that they deserve living the high life while Iran gets around to it. The best they can hope for is to get a chance to play with at least some of their own toys before it happens.

    Go ahead, keep helping them likes it's12/23/12.

  • Ghostwriter

    I have a question,why should I have any respect for the Palestinians,the majority of whom want me and every other American dead? Why should my money go to people who celebrated the 9/11 attacks? I wish someone would give me an answer to those questions?

    • Kufar Dawg

      I've tried writing my congressman and senators. Most of them completely ignored me. Maybe they get kickbacks.

    • muchiboy

      I would question that a majority of Palestinians want you and all Americans dead.I suspect many,maybe most,Palestinians would gladly emigrate to America for the opportunities there.Likely they wouldn't object to living next door to you,either.
      And sure,there are many reasons why both peoples should be fearful,even hateful,of the other.After all,a lot of bloody water has passed under the bridge in your country and region.Guilt,like innocence,can be found on both sides.Progress isn't to be found building barriers or walls between one another.Instead,bridges are needed.These are surely,and sorely,missing.When both sides,peoples really,acknowledge the past and present sins committed one against the other , healing may begin.Granted,the longer the conflict continues,the more complex any solution becomes.The ongoing crisis within Islam,and the many problems,e.g.economic,political,social,etc,endemic to the Arab world,are formidable barriers.As much a barrier to peace and resolution as Zionism.muchiboy

  • randy

    Isreal like america is on stolen land

    • Kufar Dawg

      That might be true, but you and I might disagree on who stole what from whom. In any case the stolen land has now been returned to its rightful inhabitants: the Jewish people, so suck it up buttercup.

    • Ghostwriter

      More idiocy from randy,the broken record.

    • Omar

      Really? So only America, Israel and the West stole land? This is so wrong. Israel was not founded on stolen land. Jews have lived in that land for over 3,000 years, well before Islam was established. As for the United States, it was not founded on stolen land, either. If America was "stolen land" then the whole Western Hemisphere is stolen land as well (in fact, pretty much the whole world is "stolen land" throughout global history) . Remember, there were more Native Americans living in Latin America and the Caribbean than in the U.S. and Canada. Yet, you don't blame Latin American countries for "stealing land". Also, the Native American tribes were not "peaceful" as the left wants us to think. Remember, the Aztecs and Mayans were major human rights violators. The Aztecs, for instance, sacrificed their conquered people to the gods. One reason why Hernan Cortes and the Spaniards were able to defeat the Aztecs with a limited army was because he had the help from Aztec dissidents and other conquered tribes who despised the Aztec Empire for its brutal treatment of their own people and of other people. Besides the Spaniards, other Europeans, like the British and French, also settled in different areas of the Hemisphere. Starting with the U.S., many places in the Hemisphere achieved independence and formed their own countries in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.To single out the United States for alleged Hemisphere atrocities is wrong, considering the fact that the U.S. is the beacon for democracy and freedom in the world. America's allies like Britain and Israel are also free and democratic.

    • Drakken

      We came. we saw, we conquored, and I don't have a go–amn thing to opologize for, so get bent!