During the second week of March, 2012, while the Gaza regime launched more than 300 aerial attacks against southern Israel, driving one million people to cower in shelters, Israel announced to the world that it was bolstering that same Gaza regime, dispatching 180 trucks filled with Israeli merchandise crossing into Gaza under fire, with Israel announced that that this massive amount of building materials were crossing into Gaza under fire.

In other words, Israel announced that it was facilitating the economic growth of an entity in a full scale state of war with Israel, whose overt purpose is to overthrow the Jewish State.

To explain such an anomaly, Israeli Defense Ministry’s civil administration spokespeople repeated the mantra that Israel aids Gaza because it distinguishes between terrorist organizations and a civilian population in need

Yet such a distinction does not take into account that the all of Gaza is ruled by a terrorist organization, defined as a terrorist organization by all members of the Quartet that barters Middle East negotiations

While these gestures were designed to demonstrate that hostilities did not impede the transfer of humanitarian goods into Gaza. However, the merchandise, however, did not consist solely of such items as food and medical supplies.

After all, studies published by Israeli intelligence confirm that massive cement supplies to Gaza are used by the Gaza regime in its war against Israel.

See;”Reliable intelligence indicates that Hamas uses cement for military needs”

In other words, Israel facilitates development of an entity in a state of war with Israel, as defined by Israel.

The Israeli business mentality would have you believe that Israeli investments would produce grateful Arab support for the Jewish state.

Yet that is not what is going on here.

A case in point: During the summer of 2009, two seminal conferences took place in Bethlehem.

Our agency covered both conferences.

The first conference was convened by the Fatah its first gathering in more than twenty years, where Fatah, no longer a PLO in exile in Tunisia used the occasion to reiterate the renewal of the armed struggle to liberate Palestine, albeit in stages.

Israeli security cabinet minister, Z’ev Benyamin Begin, commented after that conference that the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority promotes a two stage solution – not a two state solution.

The second conference was an impressive gathering of Israeli and Palestinian Authority business people who promote business cooperation.

That Israel-PA business cooperation now produces more than 25 billion shekels in Israeli exports to the PA – a lucrative relationship for both sides – especially for those whose business interests will net them a substantive profit.

At Israel-PA business conference, our correspondent asked PA business people if they favored the conclusions of the other conference, which promoted the armed struggle to liberate Palestine.

The universal answer from PA business people, all of whom do business with Israel, was that they indeed supported the armed struggle to liberate Palestine, all of Palestine, and that they could not see any contradiction between a war to liberate Palestine and a business like relationship, in the interim, with Israelis.

Israeli response to business with the PA is also filled with surprises

One day last December, Israel Defense Ministry declared that schools in Gaza are breeding grounds for terrorists

Yet two days later, that same Israel Defense Ministry declared that it was facilitating the construction of more than 20 UNRWA schools in Gaza.

Wait a second. If the Israel Defense officials define schools in gaza as promoters of terror, why would Israel facilitate the building of these schools?

What is more, why does Israel allow building material to enter Gaza when there is reason to believe that 1) not all building materials necessarily go to construction of schools, and 2) the Gaza economy-which is to say the Hamas economy-is indirectly enhanced in other ways by virtue of this material?

All the building materials come from Israel, and all cement for this construction emanate from Nesher, the Israeli corporation that controls 90% of the Israeli cement industry.

In early February, 2012. Israel’s Channel TEN TV reported on the practice at Nesher of employing former high-ranking officials of the Israeli Defense establishment and ex. politicians, including ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and ex-Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, to gain a foothold into the Palestinian cement market.

It may not be a coincidence that Olmert and Lipkin-Shahak lead the chorus of voices against any Israeli punitive actions against any aspect of the Gaza economy.

Yet Israel is responsible to its citizens to prevent the Gaza regime from launching more lethal attacks against Israel.

Israel could take that first step by bombing hundreds of tunnels that smuggle munitions into Gaza.

Israel could take a second step by stopping the monthly Brinks cash trucks into Gaza from Israel which Hamas uses to pay for those smuggled munitions.

But such sanctions would have an adverse effect on major Israeli corporations, especially NESHER as well as on the financial windfalls for Israelis connected to this lucrative trade.

The time has come for the decision makers of Israel to ask themselves: Do Israeli commercial interests override the well being of Israel’s civilians?

There are consequences to feeding the hand that bites you.


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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.