Former Israeli ambassadors to South Africa claim Israeli occupied territories constitute apartheid; Benjamin Pogrund responds

“Liel/Baruch are surprisingly, really astonishingly, glib about Gaza. They look the other way about its complexity. It was occupied by Egypt until Israel conquered it in the 1967 war. Israel offered to return the territory. Egypt declined. Israel left it in 2005 but controls the northern border and the sea and air. Egypt controls the southern border and treats Gazans toughly: it closes the border for lengthy periods, leaving Palestinians stranded, and has destroyed about 1,000 tunnels built by Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, to smuggle in arms, explosives, food and even cows” says Mr Pogrund.