News You Really Need To See: “Dream of a Gaza Seaport Is Revived in Truce Talks”

News You Really Need To See: “Dream of a Gaza Seaport Is Revived in Truce Talks”

Not What You Might Think

“Dream of a Gaza Seaport Is Revived in Truce Talks”

The New York Times, August 12, 2014, p.A8

An unmarked dirt lot about the size of a football field, on a cliff above the crashing waves of the Mediterranean, could be a crucial element in ending the monthlong battle between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.  It was here that a European contractor began building a commercial seaport back in July 2000, only to have its work destroyed by Israeli tanks and bombs within three months.  Now, Palestinian leaders trying to negotiate terms in Cairo for a durable truce have made the revival of the seaport project a prime demand.  The port has become the embodiment of Palestinian aspirations to break the siege of Gaza, at once a symbol of independence and a potential economic engine that would reduce the territory’s reliance on increasingly hostile neighbors…

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