Gaza is built on sand

The Forward runs a piece today anticipating the aftermath in Gaza, where some Palestinians and I are quoted at some length by a journalist named Nathan Jeffay. My quotes are accurate and the paraphrases are just that, but one paraphrase contains something I didn’t say. The paraphrase reads:

Many buildings have been destroyed or damaged, Kramer noted. But there are no building materials in Gaza, and neither sand nor aggregate can be smuggled in large quantities through what remains of Hamas’s network of tunnels connecting the group to Egypt.

Gaza is largely built on sand (the evacuated Jewish settlements, almost entirely so). What has to be imported is gravel and aggregate, as I pointed out in my Jerusalem Post piece last Sunday. Since the Hamas coup, gravel and aggregate have not been allowed through the crossings from Israel.

The author of Sandbox knows his sand.