UN Mideast Envoy - Misdirected effortsApparently the UN Envoy's plea was not loud enough, so they had to try again:
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Mideast envoy warned Wednesday of impending economic collapse in the Gaza Strip unless Israel reopens the Hamas-led territory’s main commercial crossing to the outside world to ease international isolation. - LGF
This is kind of amusing. HAMAS violently takes control of the Gaza Strip. They refuse to recognize Israel. They kidnap Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit, killing two other soldiers in the process and have held him hostage for over a year. Yet none of this is a problem for the UN. There is no reason why Israel should reopen the border crossings without some sort of outreach emanating from HAMAS. Maybe the Israelis are waiting to get their soldier back. Maybe they are waiting for a statement confirming their recognition of Israel. The UN's Envoy should perhaps be spending his time talking to HAMAS, pointing out that Israel is prepared to starve them all out. After all, HAMAS thinks that they are capable of doing this. Might as well take advantage of it. One problem, since when has HAMAS been concerned with economic collapse in the Gaza Strip? Not that they have to. They have the UN to be concerned for them. - FFI
Gaza could become completely dependant on aid within weeks because of economic damage caused by Israeli restrictions on border crossings, the UN has said.
All 600 garment factories in Gaza have closed, because they cannot import raw materials, a UN relief agency said.
And more than 90% of factories involved in the construction industry have shut down and laid off workers. - BBC
You see, Hamas is using the population of the Gaza Strip as hostages. This gives the UN an excuse to rush to their aid which benefits Hamas. They are after all getting their food from the UN like everyone else in Gaza. What do you think would happen if the UN refused to give militants food, provided they could even identify them?