Felice on Why the US Boat is Still Necessary
1. Rafah border hasn’t opened yet and a lot of pressure is being put on Egypt not to open it.
2. Rafah doesn’t have the infrastructure to support Gaza’s economy — no rail line, no bulk transfer, no port.
3. Without an airport and seaport, both of which are shut by the blockade and siege, Gaza cannot hope for a normal life.
4. As long as the siege stands, Palestinian unity is severely challenged — for starters, Israel does not permit anyone from Gaza to go to the West Bank.
So yes, I think the flotilla is still needed.