I qualify the word ‘blockade” with an alleged because there never seems to be any shortages or deprivations on the scale of, say Arab 1947-48 blockade of the Ancient Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem - despite the hysterical over-whine of UNRWA officials.
All of which leads to the question – where does Hamas get its funding? Forbes sets out to answer this question in an article from this month’s magazine and you might be surprised at the scope and size of the suckers inadvertently bankrolling Hamas. I will quote only this little blurb from the end of the report as it contains an interestingly perverse notion:
In December 2008, under U.S. and international pressure, Israel delivered between $64 million and $77 million in cash to Gaza. When Hamas rocket attacks intensified, Israeli banks started refusing to transfer cash to Gaza. World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Tony Blair, who is now Mideast envoy for the E.U., Russia, the U.N. and the U.S., sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert complaining that such refusals are "counterproductive and ultimately harm Palestinian moderates." Clearly, the world community is set on seeing the terrorist group Hamas as legitimate. But demanding that Israel pay its own executioners goes way too far.
Quite right too, but there is this incredibly strange notion floating about which is this - if one kills off funding or stops actively bankrolling a totalitarian terrorist administrations it will harm or kill off political moderates….seems to me Hamas has been doing an outstanding job of killing off the moderates all by its lonesome - and while on the world’s dime too!