BBC Radio 4’s series “Our Man in the Middle East” continued on June 16th, with episode 15 — titled “Missiles and the Ballot Box.” The episode was devoted to Jeremy Bowen’s view of the Gaza Strip. The synopsis read:
Jeremy Bowen explores Gaza, the Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement. It’s not a place you would chose [sic] for a Mediterranean holiday, though the Palestinians used to dream of developing a tourist industry, he says. “Israel could recapture Gaza in days if it wanted to. But then it would be responsible for around a million children and about the same number of angry adults. Palestinians can’t destroy a state as strong as Israel. But Israel can’t bludgeon Palestinians into submission either.”
Bowen refrains from informing audiences that hopes of economic development in the Gaza Strip were killed off by — among other things — the Hamas, Islamist take-over of the territory. Instead, Bowen opens the program by stating the following:
Gaza is not a place you’d choose for a Mediterranean holiday although the Palestinians used to dream of developing a tourist industry. The beaches are sandy and run for 25 miles along the Mediterranean from the top right-hand corner of Egypt. It’s no wider than 7 miles and, apart from the short Egyptian border, it’s entirely surrounded by Israel. Since 2006 [sic] the Palestinian group Hamas — the Islamic resistance movement — has controlled it.
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