The Gaza Tunnels

Will Saletan writes on “How to Close the Gaza Tunnels”. But as Blake Hounshell explains, “It’s really terrible advice — almost a parody of the worst sort of technocentric thinking that military reformers like H.R. McMaster have been fighting against for decades.” Blake recommends this piece from Michael Slackman on the Gaza smuggling issue.

Common sense works here, too. It’s just clearly not the case that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is primarily a technical problem related to the difficulty of preventing smuggling. Implementation of a political solution would entail technical aspects, but the idea that a political solution needs to wait for a complete and total resolution of all the technical aspects of Israel’s security problems just ensures that neither the politicsl nor the security issues will ever be addressed.