Despite November War, Israel Says Gaza Ties Improved in 2012

Israel Allowed Gazans to Export Cherry Tomatoes

When one reflects on 2012 in the Gaza Strip, it doesn’t immediately seem like a huge surge in Israel-Gaza relations, with the Israeli military attacking the strip in November and killing over 100 Palestinian civilians.

Israel’s office of Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) is focusing on the positives, however, seeing Gaza ties improving significantly in 2012.

The improvement, according to their report, is reflected in an increase in the number of civilians allowed to leave the strip for medical reasons, as well as the number of Israeli Arabs allowed to enter Gaza for visits.

Beyond that, Israel’s stranglehold on the Gaza economy was slightly less all-encompassing than in past years, with officials saying that somewhat more construction material was allowed in, and more cherry tomatoes were allowed to be exported than in previous years.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.