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Smuggling is not about tunnels

Gaza power station experienced a brief shutdown after the Egyptians closed the border in retaliation for Hamas’ continued terrorist and criminal activities in the Sinai. But wait—officially, diesel fuel was not supposed to enter Gaza from the Egyptian side in the first place.

For about a year Egypt has been phasing out Israeli shipments of diesel fuel into Gaza. But thousands of tons of diesel cannot be smuggled through tunnels in canisters. That shows that, contrary to Egyptian assurances, the bulk of smuggled goods goes overland in trucks rather than through tunnels.

And so the blockade is meaningless, and negative PR for Israel is its only effect.

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