"As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge," one of the cables read.
Israel wanted the coastal territory's economy " functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis," according to the November 3, 2008 cable.
When will Israel realize that it cannot hope for peace through punishing the Palestinian people? It hasn't worked. It's not going to work. The only thing Israel is getting out of this is a pretext for occupying the West Bank and expanding its settlements there. Putting up with a few unguided rockets of minimal lethality is a small price to be paid for that.