In the book 100 Questions and Answers about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, Pedro Brieger (an Argentinian journalist) affirms that “The economy of the Strip is minimal and Israel has always obstructed its development, preventing the entry of raw material or capital goods and setting countless obstacles to the exportation of products – many of them perishable (like flowers)- that are not directly exported”.
Facts contradict such affirmation. In the important Paris Accords (May/29/1994)- that is not mentioned in that text), the signatories agreed that Israel would receive the mutual import, collect the taxes and give the correct part to the Palestinian Authority… avoiding the entry of war material among the products. Israel gives the corresponding money to the PA and, in 2018, it was Mahmoud Abbas who threatened Hamas with not giving them the right percentage for the purchases they make from Gaza.
In the 2007-2012 period, Israel gave Hamas 2,567 million dollars. Another 1,351 million was given to them up to 2011 through Israel’s banking system. Journalist Orna Shimoni (Ynet) affirmed that 80% of that money reached the hands of the leaders of the terrorist movement Hamas, who used it to build tunnels or produce rockets that were later fired at Israel.
A second falsehood is that there is no entry of products to Gaza because of Israel. According to the military records of Israel 45,000 tons of products a week, around 400,000 tons of grains, around 60,000 tons of fruits and vegetables, 40,000 livestock heads, clothing, canned food and medicine went from Israel to Gaza in 2013 (and in the subsequent years). Before the coup d’état by Hamas (2007), the same trade reached 570 million while in 2018 it reached 325 million dollars.