Fact 2: Israel built up the infrastructure of Gaza
Within a few months of Israeli governance, the whole of Gaza was connected to the electric grid. By 1985, 94% of households had a regular electricity supply. Israel invested heavily in Gaza's infrastructure, as well as schools, hospitals and other public facilities.
Fact 3: The Jewish settlements in Gaza were good for the Palestinian people
The economy of Gaza blossomed under direct Israeli control. The new Jewish communities established in the region brought with them expertise and employment–particularly with the production of fruits, vegetables and flowers. The Jews built more than 4,000 greenhouses and developed a thriving fresh produce export industry that employed several thousand local Palestinian people.
The standard of living in Gaza rose dramatically during this period. The per capita Gross National Product more than doubled between 1970 and 1980, making it one of the top four fastest growing economies in the world.
Fact 4: It was Palestinian terrorism that created Gaza's problems
Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't Israel that put an end to this upward cycle of development and prosperity. The Palestinian economy started to decline in 1987 as a result of the First Intifada. As the terror attacks increased, particularly from 2000 onwards, Israel was forced to tighten Gaza border security.
Fact 5: Dismantling the Jewish settlements was devastating for the economy of Gaza
The final nail in the coffin came in 2005 when Israel was pressurized into dismantling every Jewish settlement in Gaza. Even though international efforts were made to maintain the fruit and vegetable industry developed by the Jews, the greenhouses were sabotaged by Palestinian terrorists within months of the Jews' evacuation. The economy plummeted and thousands lost their jobs.
From there, the descent into the poverty, extremism and violence that characterize Gaza today became a sad inevitability.
The question is: Why is the world so intent on blaming Israel for Gaza's problems that they don't see the prosperity that the Jews actually brought to the region?