Hot Potato – A Primer on Gaza and Its Rapid Growth

The paradox of Israel having to fight over territory it never wanted! And how Gaza teaches us that land-for-peace is an illusion.

By David Shishkoff | | Topics: Gaza
The population of Gaza is growing, and becoming more radical, and an equally rapid rate.
The population of Gaza is growing, and becoming more radical, at an equally rapid rate. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

The Gaza Strip at Israel’s southwestern border has been a thorn in the side of Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority alike. The challenge is not going away. It’s getting bigger. According to new statistics, the population of the Gaza Strip has doubled since the year 2000. It has grown from just over 1 million, up to 2,375,259 at the close of 2022, as reported by the Gaza Interior Ministry.

That’s a lot of people in a small space. The Gaza Strip is 41 km (25 miles) long and averages 9 km (5 miles) wide. It includes part of the area in which the Philistines lived in Bible times.

The Gaza government reports that during 2022, the population increased by 51,096. An average of 155 babies were born per day in Gaza for a total of 56,614, while the number of deaths was 5,518.

Hamas gunmen burn members of Israel’s new government in effigy in Gaza City. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

Historical recap:

Like the rest of the “Greater” Land of Israel, the Gaza area was under Ottoman Turkish Muslim rule for centuries, until World War 1.

Then Great Britain was in control of Gaza from 1923 until 1948.

Afterward Egypt was in control of the Gaza Strip from 1948 to 1967.

At the end of the Six Day War in 1967, Israel was left holding the “West Bank,” Sinai and Gaza. During the peace negotiations between Israel and Egypt in 1979, it was agreed to return the vast Sinai Peninsula to Egyptian control, but Cairo was not interested in resuming control and responsibility of Gaza and its residents.

In 1994 as a result of the Oslo Accords, a Palestinian government under Yasser Arafat was given sovereignty over most of the Gaza Strip, not including several Israeli enclaves with around 9,000 Israeli Jewish residents.

To save Israel the cost in soldiers’ lives, of protecting the remaining small presence in Gaza; normally-hawkish Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to unilaterally withdraw the remaining Israeli military and civilian presence from Gaza in 2005, including forcefully removing Israeli citizens from houses they had built.

Instead of receiving peace as a result of handing over complete sovereignty of Gaza to the Palestinians, Israel instead got an extreme Palestinian terrorist regime as its new neighbor, under the dictatorship of Hamas, with thousands of rockets being launched against Israeli towns every few years.




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4 responses to “Hot Potato – A Primer on Gaza and Its Rapid Growth”

  1. hdfuerst says:

    Ariel Sharon wurde von den USA gedrängt, den von Israel okkupierten Streifen von GASA
    den Palästinensern abzutreten. Er glaubte der USA, dass dies Frieden geben würde und wurde getäuscht. Man hätte damals die Übergabe der Sinai-Halbinsel an Ägypten mit deren
    Übernahme des Gasa-Streifens koppeln sollen.
    Durch die kriegerischen Angriffe der Hamas wird eine Übernahme Israels gerechtfertigt.

  2. Mark Watkins says:

    Growth in Murder Inc…. I’m so looking forward to the day when Yisrael says enough is enough, it is coming you know…

  3. Lois Heal Bright says:

    Thank you for your article. I realize as never before the absolute necessity of understanding the God of Israel. God’s covenant promise regarding His Angel stands before us: “..obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him.” (Ex. 23:21)

    While the ravages of sin and war surround us, God’s provision for us is clear: “If you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. For My Angel [God’s Son, Christ Jesus] will go before you…” (Ex, 23:23) If ever there was a time to look up with love, worship, and obedience to God, it is today!

  4. Vernon Ryan says:

    Every thought, every word, every deed of hatred toward the chosen of the Lord, the Jews, throughout history and every day we live today, has been recorded and will be recorded and brought out on the judgement day. No one will be left out, there will be no room for excuses, none will be allowed, only the truth will be presented.
    With this knowledge, how then, should we live?

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