The government of Israel has just proven to the world how magnanimous they are to the 1.5 million men, women, and children of the Gaza Strip. Even though so many rockets were launched by the militants, even though the Palestinian militants dream of the day when Israel falls, Israel has found it within its great heart to ease the restrictions of some items that have been prohibited during the three-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. Those items the Palestinians now have access to include:
- Potato chips
- Shaving cream
According to the Associated Press, "basic foodstuffs such as instant coffee and coriander were barred as luxury items, while more expensive foods such as herbal tea, salmon steaks and low-fat yogurt were permitted."
But at least the children of Palestine can get to taste candy and chocolate for the first time in three years, right? I mean, how very thoughtful of the Israeli government to finally allow such a grand luxury to the children!
Now just to show that Israel is still quite serious about the threat that the Palestinians pose to national security, here is a partial list of what Israel is still prohibiting (minus the items listed above):
- Fresh meat
- Wood for construction
- Industrial salt
- Plastic/Glass/Metal containers
- Fabric (for clothing)
- Flavor and smell enhancers
- Fishing rods
- Nylon nets for greenhouses
- Irrigation pipe systems
- Hatcheries and spare parts for hatcheries
- Spare parts for tractors
- Planters for saplings
- Heaters for chicken farms
- Musical instruments
- Size A4 paper
- Writing implements
- Sewing machines and spare parts
As we can all see by the list of still-prohibited items, Israel is taking no chances whatsoever — because fresh meat can be poisoned and tossed over the wall into Israel proper. Fabric can be woven into leisure suits that might be surreptitiously sold to young Israeli college students. A Palestinian might blow a sour note that might disturb the sleep of someone way over in Tel Aviv. And as for size A4 paper, well, that might be used to start that bane of all civilization, junk mail!
So we can all carry on smartly now knowing that the government of Israel really does try to strike a fine balance between the security of the nation, and the human rights of the 1.5 million Palestinian men, women, and children of the Gaza Strip.