Interesting news in the mideast:
Hundreds of Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip arrived here by the busload on Saturday to pass through the reopened border into Egypt, taking the first tangible steps out of a four-year Israeli blockade.
“I feel this is the start of freedom,” said Hasna el-Ryes, 45, a Gaza resident waiting to cross into Egypt so she could travel to visit sons studying in Britain. “You can’t imagine how much we have suffered.”
While a gradual loosening of the border controls over the last year had allowed some Gaza residents to cross — including registered students or those seeking medical treatment — many of those making the trip on Saturday said they felt a new stirring of hope at Egypt’s decision to stop enforcing Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian territory.
They cheered the decision as a humanitarian gesture to Gaza residents but also as an important concession to make possible the reconciliation deal that Egypt brokered between the militant group Hamas, which rules in Gaza, and the moderate Fatah faction, which governs the West Bank. And they saluted the Egyptian revolution that brought about a new spirit of independence.
“The people are taking their rights, and when the Egyptians rise it helps the Palestinians,” said Faris Awad, 48, returning to visit family in Cairo for the first time since the start of the blockade, just in time for a wedding.
Again, I’m no expert on the region, but I sure get the sense that Netanyahu and Israel are in deep trouble of just being left behind by events and the rest of the world. With the Arab spring uprisings, nations that once were willing to do the bidding of the US and Israel are going to be less willing or in many cases unable to do so (I think it is absurd to believe that popular uprisings are going to be more pro-Israel than the status quo), Hamas and Fatah are negotiating, Palestinian statehood is being advanced in the UN but will be blocked by the US at Israel’s insistence, while the rest of the world increasingly views Israel as a rogue nation. And what is Netanyahu doing? Standing at a podium screaming “no, no, no” to the cheers of American wingnuts, Avigdor Lieberman, and the Likudniks.
You just get the sense that someone is deeply out of touch with reality.