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WikiLeaks on Israel’s embargo plan against Gaza

Israel deliberately maintained the economy of the Gaza strip “on the brink of collapse” without “pushing it over the edge,” a leaked US diplomatic cable from 2008 shows.

According to a cable from the US embassy in Tel Aviv dated November 3, 2008, Israeli officials told US diplomats of their intention to strangle the economy of Gaza.

“As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed … on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge,” the secret cable, posted online in its original version, read.

It added “Israeli officials … intend to keep the Gazan economy functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis.”

The unemployment rate in Gaza stood at 35 percent last year, one of the highest in the world.

WikiLeaks has so far only made public around 2,000 of the some 250,000 cables in its possession, in cooperation with publications El Pais, The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde and Der Spiegel.



One Response to “WikiLeaks on Israel’s embargo plan against Gaza”

  1. […] US administration, as revealed in a State Department cable posted by Wikileaks, has been working overtime with Israel to parry further condemnation of Israeli crimes documented […]

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