• April 20, 2024

Biden’s Pier is More Than a Disappointed Bridge

 Biden’s Pier is More Than a Disappointed Bridge



Joe Biden thinks the solution to the hunger problem in Gaza is for the U.S. to build a floating pier on the coast of the Strip, and to deliver food aid to Gaza by ship. Vessels laden with food would first be examined by the IDF at a port in Cyprus, then set sail for this pier on the Gazan coast, where the food would be loaded onto waiting trucks that would then take their cargo to distribution points throughout Gaza. Biden apparently does not realize that the problem with food in Gaza is not that there is not enough of it, but that Hamas steals so much of it for its own members and their families: it is a problem not of quantity, but of improper distribution. Right now, 150 trucks, each one carrying 12,000 kilograms of food (aside from medicine), enter Gaza each day. That is a total of 1,800,000 kilograms of food per day, or 0.78 kilograms of food for each of the 2,300,000 residents of Gaza, most of whom are children. 0.78 kilograms is 1.72 pounds of food for each inhabitant. That would be enough food If it were evenly distributed, but it isn’t.

Much of that food aid is immediately seized — hijacked — by Hamas, which keeps a good deal of it for its own fighters and their extended families, and sells some of what remains at wildly inflated prices to civilians who scrape together what they can to buy this food stolen by the terror group. More on this fatally flawed plan, which Biden unveiled so proudly in his State of the Union speech, can be found here: “The floating pier plan will fail. Here’s why.” Elder of Ziyon, March 8, 2024:

During the State of the Union address, President Biden stated:

Tonight, I’m directing the U.S. military to lead an emergency mission to establish a temporary pier in the Mediterranean on the coast of Gaza that can receive large shipments carrying food, water, medicine and temporary shelters.

No U.S. boots will be on the ground. A temporary pier will enable a massive increase in the amount of humanitarian assistance getting into Gaza every day.

And Israel must do its part. Israel must allow more aid into Gaza and ensure humanitarian workers aren’t caught in the crossfire. They’re announcing they’re going to have a crossing to northern Gaza.

Elder of Ziyon comments:

The Gaza pier plan will not work.

The problem with aid distribution is that Hamas keeps trying to disrupt it so Israel would be blamed for the resultant suffering. They are hijacking aid, shooting into crowds, instigating riots and in general trying to make it look like Israel cannot keep the peace the way Hamas could.

Hamas is not interested in alleviating the suffering of people in Gaza. Its entire history testifies to that supreme indifference. Three Hamas leaders — Khaled Meshaal, Mousa bin Marzouk, and Ismail Haniyeh — have stolen a total of $11 billion that was meant to be shared by the people of Gaza. And now Hamas, instead of distributing in an orderly fashion the food that remains once Hamas has taken its share, creates pandemonium around the trucks of food aid. Hamas operatives fire into the air, creating panic, encouraging rioters to assault the trucks and their drivers, in attempts to seize as much food as they can for their themselves and their families. The violence and hysteria have frightened some truck drivers into attempting to step on the gas; an Egyptian truck driver was beaten to death by a Palestinian mob when he did so. In this mess, rioting Gazans not only have stampeded one another to death, but some have fallen under the wheels of slowly moving trucks. Hamas uses such heart-rending scenes to accuse the IDF of having created these food riots, when the IDF has done nothing more than watch and try, from a distance, to keep the rioters’ murderous impulses in check by firing warning shots into the air.

Bringing the aid into Gaza has not been the primary problem; getting it to the people safely has been. It is a lot easier to disrupt delivery than to do the logistics of distribution.

The IDF is good at logistics but this is an entirely different problem. Hamas is turning even food distribution into a military action where civilians must be protected from their own purported people who can pop up from tunnels and shoot at them to start the next stampede easier than they can shoot the IDF.

The more stampedes there are around the food aid trucks, and the subsequent deaths of Gazans, the more the IDF — rather than Hamas — is blamed for this breakdown in order. Just as Hamas wants.



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