By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Israel is now again permitting cement to be brought into Gaza.
Why? After all, it is clear that Hamas has used the cement to build and fortify their tunnels of terror and their command and control bunkers. The reason is that Turkey and others, especially the UN, are asking nicely.
Israel wants to renew relations with Turkey. This gesture will go a long way towards achieving that goal.
Israel had stopped the movement of cement into Gaza. The cement was supposed to be used by UN and other sources to rebuild Gaza's infrastructure and buildings, especially housing and schools. But much of the cement was either pilfered by Hamas for their purposes or stolen and sold at huge gouging prices.
Israel actually embarrassed Hamas' deputy economics minister in Gaza, Imad al Baz, who was responsible for the stealing of the cement and its resale and for appropriating it in order to build tunnels.
Israel embarrassed al Baz by using social media pictures and short videos to show how he redirected the cement away from UN projects and into the hands of Hamas.
Now Israel is going to try again.
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