Many of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who poured across the border into Egypt to buy non-essential goods that Israel has placed an embargo on used counterfeit Israeli money to make their purchases.That vast section in the middle can't seem to do much right economically save for having strongmen ensure oil flows eastward and westward. Tribalism, maintained in part through high rates of incestuous marriage, gives more than a kernel of truth to the Bedouin proverb:
Phony Israeli currency has reportedly been printed in Gaza since Israel withdrew from the territory in 2005.
But the Egyptians also failed to play fair, reportedly selling food and other perishable goods to the Palestinians that were past their expiration dates.
I against my brother. I and my brother against our cousin. I, my brother and our cousin against the neighbors. All of us against the foreigner.