YERUSHALAYIM - If Gaza is to become “unlivable” within three years, as a U.N. report claims, it’s the fault of Hamas, Israel Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said. The report, he said, “proves beyond all doubt that the terror regime of Hamas is responsible not only for ongoing terror attacks against Israel, but for the ongoing destruction and suffering in Gaza.”
The report, titled “Gaza — Ten Years Later,” describes the decline of the region since the takeover of Hamas. According to Robert Piper, the U.N. Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities, “Gaza has continued on its trajectory of ‘de-development,’ in many cases even faster than we had originally projected.”
Things have declined considerably since the last U.N. report on Gaza in 2012, Piper said in a U.N. press release. “The threat of a renewed, more devastating escalation will increase, and the prospects for intra-Palestinian reconciliation will dwindle — and with them, the prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine.”
Besides the ongoing electricity supply problems, the report says, Gaza’s unemployment rate stands at 42 percent, essential medical supplies are missing, and the Strip’s single water source will be depleted by the end of this year. Gaza residents are trapped in a “sad reality,” according to the U.N., and their daily lives are “getting more and more wretched.” If something is not done, the report said, Gaza would become “unlivable” by 2020.
According to the U.N. report, the only reason Gaza has survived intact until now is because of the massive aid the organization provides to Gazans. But this, too, is being cynically misused by Hamas, said Danon. “The misuse of the aid provided to Gazans by Hamas harms the civilian population as well as international efforts to raise money, as countries don’t want their money to fund a terror organization. It is time for the U.N. to for once and for all name Hamas as a terror organization and demand that the Palestinian leadership give up its incitement to and support of terrorism,” Danon added.