In 40 years of occupation

We have choked the Gaza Strip

And destroyed its

Essential infrastructures.


Therefore, their lives

Depend completely

On the border crossings

Dominated by Israel.


As long as Gaza is choked

There can be no cease-fire.

Stopping the Qassams

And opening the crossings

Are interconnected.


We must choose:

Permanent threats to Sderot

And Ashkelon

Or opening the crossings

Between Gaza and

The outside world.


                                                GUSH SHALOM



                                Ad published in Haaretz

                                January 9, 2009