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Why Won't Palestinian Leaders Help Their Own People?

Earlier this week, Israel closed the border to Gaza, while still allowing humanitarian aid through to the suffering Palestinian people who live there. But despite Israeli (and American) efforts and offers to help Palestinians, Palestinian leadership does not want said suffering to end. Gatestone Institute's Bassam Tawil writes that they would rather cruelly use Palestinian suffering in their ongoing quest to delegitimize and destroy Israel:

In the past few weeks, both Israel and the US administration have come up with different ideas to help the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip...

One would think that the Palestinian leaders would be extremely happy about these initiatives to alleviate the suffering of their people in the Gaza Strip. The plans to improve the living conditions of the residents of the Gaza Strip should be music to the ears of the Palestinian Authority leadership, right? Wrong.

What, exactly, is behind this mystifying desire on the part of the Palestinian leaders to deny their people a shot at a decent life? Why does the leadership of the Palestinian Authority, which claims that it cares about the well-being of all Palestinians, vehemently oppose any plan to create job opportunities and other forms of aid for its people?

Let us take it step by step.

First, Abbas and his West Bank-based government seek to prolong the suffering of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip so that they can continue damning Israel for the crisis. They want the international community to continue to believe that Israel is responsible for the ongoing, intense suffering of the Palestinians. Difficult as it appears to for the global community to grasp, however, Israel's maritime blockade on the Gaza Strip is aimed solely at preventing the smuggling of weapons into the coastal enclave. The border between the Gaza Strip and Israel remains open for delivering food and humanitarian and medical aid into Gaza...

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