Hamas stands in the way of cooperation
When Gaza was returned to the Palestinians, Israel left them a functioning country. American Jews donated millions of dollars to keep the economy strong. As soon as the IDF left, everything was destroyed, thereby making their lives more miserable. Even now the fuel supply has been cut by the demonstrators setting fires. Aid, which has been sent in from many countries, has been used by Hamas to build tunnels instead of providing a better life for the population. Egypt has closed the border with Gaza, because Hamas has built tunnels into that country as well.
At the time of the creation of Israel, Ben Gurion and other leaders begged the Arabs to stay in their homes and become a part of a new state. The ones who stayed have a good life today. Many were persuaded to leave by the Arab states, who were about to attack Israel. They were promised that when the Jews were defeated, they would be able to return to their homes. About 700,000 Arabs were displaced and put into camps instead of being absorbed by other Arab nations. This was done to blame Israel for their plight. However, just as many Jews, in Arab lands, were forced to leave with just the clothes on their backs. But they were taken in by Israel, Europe, the U.S. and Canada.
If Hamas were not in power, Gaza would be able to benefit from a good neighbor, Israel. Barbara Rosenblum, Delray Beach