Biden’s costly Gaza pier ‘a waste’ with setbacks, already need alternative aid delivery


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The United States should prioritize alternative methods to deliver aid to Palestinians, such as leveraging diplomatic pressure on Egypt to permit truck convoys through the Rafah border crossing, Shoshana Bryen, senior policy director at the Jewish Policy Center, told the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF). Currently, over 82,000 metric tons of humanitarian aid are stranded in Egypt as local officials impede efforts to transfer it through Rafah.

“The pier could become sort of effective, better than airdrops, but our first offload was 10 trucks, followed by five the next day and none two days after. And [the Pentagon] isn’t sure what happened to any of them,” Bryen explained to the DCNF. “We lose control because [U.S. forces] are not on the ground, but we’re not on the ground because we don’t want to be. And should not want to be. That is the biggest logistical problem — the U.S. does not control anything beyond the Gaza shore.”

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Bryen further criticized the current strategy, labeling it as inefficient and costly. “That makes the pier a relative drop in the bucket at best — a waste of $320 million American taxpayer dollars and the futile deployment of 1,000 U.S. service personnel,” she added.

The geographic and political complexities of the region exacerbate these logistical challenges. The pier’s location near the shore puts U.S. personnel at risk of attacks from Hamas, a significant concern noted by defense experts. “Until Hamas is gone, there is no security plan because as long as Hamas is there, they’re firing rockets, small arms, etc.,” and the operation is in danger, said Robert Greenway, national security director at the Heritage Foundation, previously to the DCNF.

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Hamas’s presence and activities in Gaza pose a continuous threat to any aid operations, complicating efforts to ensure the safety and effectiveness of aid delivery. The ongoing blockade at the Rafah crossing, controlled by Egypt, further stymies the transfer of critical supplies to those in need.

Pressuring Egypt to facilitate the passage of aid through Rafah could potentially offer a more reliable and controlled method of delivery. This approach would require robust diplomatic efforts from the U.S. and its allies to convince Egypt of the necessity and urgency of allowing humanitarian aid convoys.

Additionally, the current system of utilizing the pier for aid delivery has proven to be unpredictable and unsafe. The intermittent success of offloading trucks and the lack of U.S. ground control underscore the need for a reassessment of strategies to ensure aid reaches its intended recipients effectively and safely.



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