Unemployment in Gaza is above 40 percent. Its infrastructure is in shambles, with electricity and clean water often scarce.
Hamas, which has controlled Gaza for 15 years, could change these conditions if it prioritized its people’s wellbeing over an endless, unwinnable war to destroy Israel. On its 35th anniversary last month, Hamas made it clear that such a shift was not going to happen.
nstead, its leaders promised to spread the pain to the West Bank.