Is Gaza Still Occupied?
It depends on how you define the word occupation.
In an article entitled Legal Acrobatics: The Palestinian Claim that Gaza is Still “Occupied” Even After Israel Withdraws, former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold, claims the Palestinians are abusing the term for political ends.
The fact that a wide variety of Palestinian spokesmen will charge that the Gaza Strip is still “occupied” even though the Palestinians exercise self-government and the Israeli civilian and military presence in this territory have been removed is revealing. It means that the charge of “occupation” is less a rigorous legal definition and more a blunt political instrument to serve the PLO’s diplomatic and military agenda against Israel.
He makes some good points. Even if the borders and airspace remain under Israeli control, claiming that ‘nothing has changed’ is ridiculous. What really hasn’t changed is the Palestinian awareness that an end to the occupation means an end to world sympathy and, therefore, the diplomatic free ride they have enjoyed for years.
From the looks of things, the only thing the PA leaders hate more than occupation is having to take responsibilty for their own people.