Another dimension to the quite obvious strategy Israel developed over 6 months before attacking Gaza is revealed in an article in the SMH:
"Israel deliberately blocked the United Nations from building up vital food supplies in Gaza that feed a million people daily before the launch of its war against Hamas, according to a senior UN official in Jerusalem.
In a scathing critique of Israeli actions leading up to the conflict, the UN's chief humanitarian co-ordinator in Israel, the former Australian diplomat Maxwell Gaylard, accused Israel of failing to honour its commitments to open its border with Gaza during several months of truce from June 19 last year.
"The Israelis would not let us facilitate a regular and sufficient flow of supplies into the Strip," Mr Gaylard said.
The chief spokesman for Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yigal Palmor, said the claims were "unqualified bullshit".
"At no time was there a shortage of food in Gaza over the past three weeks," Mr Palmor said."
Continue reading the article here. The Israeli assertion, as absurd it is, flies directly in the face of many organisations - think the International Red Cross, Human Rights Office, CARE, UN agencies, et al - who have for weeks decried the lack of food and medicines, as well as other basics of life, for the people of Gaza.