Middle East

The Isolation of Gaza

While throughout the world there is much talk of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, the extent of poverty and isolation in Gaza has led some to argue for a three-state plan: one for Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Gaza has one of the world’s highest birth rates and one of its lowest standards of living. Since Hamas, the democratically elected militant group kidnapped an Israeli soldier in June 2006, Gaza’s desperation has only grown. Israeli attacks have killed hundreds and wiped out almost all remaining infrastructure. Egypt does little to help its neighbor. In an article in this week’s New Yorker, Lawrence Wright calls the territory, “a floating island, a dystopian Atlantis, drifting farther away from contact with any other society”—even that of the West Bank.