David HumphriesNovember 7, 2013 00:03
Commentary: As aid is diverted to Syria, Gaza is known for little more than terrorists and tunnels.
Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli air raid in Gaza City on November 17, 2012. (Mohamed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA — In the West, policy-makers tend to only focus on one intractable Middle Eastern conflict at a time. Syria’s vicious sectarian civil war is top of the agenda today. But it doesn’t mean that the others conveniently disappear. Since last November’s explosive escalation of hostilities there, Gaza has been reduced to a political side note. Funds for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency have been cut by $55 million as assistance is diverted to Syria.
In Washington, Gaza has become an impolite word, and a topic seemingly best avoided among policy-makers and at Middle East conferences. In the media, Gaza is represented by a combination of terrorists and tunnels.