The Israeli general who controls the gates of Gaza says he is pursuing a complex and delicate strategy: enable exports from and development in the impoverished Palestinian territory while somehow preventing the Islamic militants who rule it from getting credit for any progress.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot said Israel seeks to work with the Palestinian Authority of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, to help revive the economy. Fayyad would set priorities for what Gaza needs and place his people at the borders, Dangot explained.
The general says he hopes to ease blockade restrictions on Gaza. This could include allowing in more raw materials to crank up Gaza's key industries — textiles, furniture and agriculture — and to enable more exports by spring.