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Ramzy Baroud, an internationally-syndicated columnist, media consultant, and author stated, “Gaza is Games of Thrones now. It is a flight to resistance between Israel and Palestine.”

Regionally, the narrow strip fascinated to Israel, United States, Turkey, Egypt and Gulf countries. Every country wanted to rule that narrow strip.

According to Al-Jazeera News Channel, the rumors spread everywhere that the exiled leader Muhammad Dahlan was backed by Israel.

The Gaza strip is self-governed territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea sharing a border with Egypt on Southwest and with Israel on the east and north border.

Al-Jazeera spoke to Palestinians about life before and after 2007 Israeli siege was imposed and Hamas’ rise to power. They entered 11th year under a suffocating siege imposed by Israel.

Later, Israeli siege also became an Egyptian blockade as well, thus making the most populous Arab country an accomplice to the Israeli plan to control Palestinians.

Ramy Abdu, chairman of Euro-Med Monitor said, “While Israel is only continuing its long history of isolating Gaza, yet at an unprecedented length and severity since 2006, the consequences of the blockade continue to aggravate in unimaginable ways.”

He added, “The international community shoulders this isolation with silence and oblivion.”

Additionally Abdu also told, “Over two million people in Gaza continue to struggle with both growing rates of poverty, unemployment and food-insecurity and with diminishing quality of basic services, including electricity, water, education and healthcare.”

The “game of Gaza” has many players; all were inspired by unmitigated self interest and self preservation.

Among all Israel has maintained upper position by manipulating all the political favors ensuring economical outcome under the support of United States.

The siege has remained in place ever since, and has grown to define the status quo.

Dov Weisglass, a top Israeli adviser t, described Israel’s motives behind the siege 10 years ago was, “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.”

Three major wars (2008-9, 2012 and 2014) killed thousands of Palestinians, including hundreds of Hamas’ fighters and leaders, but the political balance has remained firmly in Hamas’ hands.

 

 

 

 

 

Reporter: Syeda Faiza Bukhari

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