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Gaza’s brief honeymoon

What might have happened to Gaza had Israel granted it real independence after its withdrawal in 1994?

By Trevor Mostyn   January 2009

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To some of us, Israel’s recent actions in Gaza have actually served as a poignant reminder of the ways things could have been. Look at a photograph of Gaza in the 1940s and you might be in Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria, with its palm-lined beaches and pretty, belle époque buildings. After the first Israeli withdrawal from Gaza City in 1994, both the West Bank and Gaza indulged in a brief honeymoon. The Oslo accords had been signed a year earlier and Arafat had returned to Gaza. I remember sitting under parasols…

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