It was dubbed as a meeting to save Gaza. The meeting summoned by the US peace envoy Jason Greenblatt was called a humanitarian mission and the American convener asked everyone to park their politics outside.
The problem is that the Gaza Strip does not have a humanitarian problem. No earthquake has hit the strip and the World Health Organisation has not declared the breakout of an epidemic affecting Gaza’s nearly two million people.
Gaza’s problem is totally political and the main source of the humanitarian crisis is the illegally imposed Israeli siege on it. Yet, in the 1,500-word opening statement proudly reprinted on the US State Department's website, the term "siege" is not even once stated. In fact, throughout that opening statement that excluded the key party, the Palestinians, not a single word, statement or hint was given to Israel’s responsibility.